Obituaries

 

J. Michael Bennett, 70, of Jasper, passed away at 5:08 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Mike was born on February 11, 1947, in Oakland City, Indiana to William and Barbara Bennett. He married Ann Meyer on October 18, 2003, in Las Vegas.

Mike was a United States Air Force Veteran and served in Vietnam during the war.

He was a graduate of the Indiana State Police Academy. He worked with the Indiana State Police for 33 years, from 1973 to 2005. He advanced to the position of assistant district commander after holding positions of trooper and squad Sergeant. He was a parole agent for the Indiana Department of Corrections from 2008 to 2012. Since 2012 to present, he served the City of Jasper as the Chief of Police. 

He was a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana Chief of Police Association, Vice President of the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Council, the Dubois County Community Corrections Board, Jasper Police Department Pension Board, the Dubois County Local Emergency Planning Commission, and the Jasper Indiana Freemasons –  Line Lodge #743.

He enjoyed playing golf, and watching St. Louis Cardinal’s Baseball, IU Basketball, and Colts Football.

 Surviving are his wife, Ann Bennett, Jasper; five children, Michelle Dellion (Rob) of Vincennes, Kristy Bennett of San Diego, Calif., Mike Bennett of Jeffersonville, Rhett Eckert of Jasper and  Rhiley Eckert of Jasper; his mother, Barbara Bennett of Princeton; one sister, Connie Doyle (Al) of Avon; and one brother, Larry “Bones” Bennett of Hermitage, Tenn.

 Preceding him in death was his father, William Bennett, former chief of the Princeton Police Department.

 A Celebration of Life Service for J. Michael Bennett will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. Mayor Terry Seitz and Chaplain Rick Mann will officiate. The American Legion Post #147 in conjunction with the Jasper Police and Indiana State Police will conduct military graveside rites.

 A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

 The family requests that In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the J. Michael Bennett Endowment Fund, Dubois County Community Foundation. Proceeds from the Endowment will go towards the needs of the Jasper Police Department.


  

Neva M. (Madden) Peterson, 88, of Birdseye, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

 Neva was born in Amburgey, Kentucky on August 18, 1929, to George W. and Mary (Tolliver) Madden. She married Gene Peterson on August 29, 1952, in Franklin.

Known lovingly as Mamaw to her grandchildren, Neva was a homemaker who loved gardening, crocheting and baking her famous Christmas tree sugar cookies. Neva was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Taswell.

 Neva is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gene Peterson of Birdseye; three daughters, Donna (Joe) Hoffman and Lisa (Jerry) Allstott of Birdseye and Diane (fiancé: Dave Mundy) Wendholt of Jasper; one son, Freddie Peterson of Birdseye; one stepson, Gary Paris of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Rachelle Morrow, Stephanie Holloway, Amber Striegel, Laura Rohl, Kayla Allstott, Jacob Hoffman and Graham Roberts; one step granddaughter, Michelle Paris; six great grandchildren, Madelynn, Jesse and Brock Rohl, Sylvia and Annabel Holloway, and Nicholas Morrow; one step great grandchild, Stevie Burgett; one brother, Glen Madden of Hindman, Kentucky; and two sisters, Grace Ann Ison of Hindman, Kentucky and Betty Jane Hodgkiss of Louisville, Kentucky.

 Neva was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, George, Bill, Don and Lee Madden; and one sister, Becky Madden.

 Funeral services for Neva M. Peterson will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye.  Reverend Kim Allen will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday.



Margie Gehlhausen, 85, of Jasper, passed away peacefully at the Meadowood Apartments on Friday morning, August 25, 2017, in Jasper. 

Margie was born in Tell City on December 18, 1931, to William and Josephine (Gratzer) Briggeman. to William and Josephine (Gratzer) Briggeman. She married Carl Gehlhausen Sr.  on May 5, 1948, at St. Paul’s Church in Tell City. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1994.

 Margie was a pioneer for women’s rights in Indy Car Racing. Starting in the early 1970s, she was one of the very first women to be allowed in Indy Car pits throughout the country for practice, qualifying, and for the race itself.  In 1976, she became the first woman car owner in the modern day era in Indy Car racing to own, score the race, and have her car compete in the Indianapolis 500. Her son, Spike, drove her car in his rookie year at Indianapolis. She was an integral part of her husband, Carl Gehlhausen Sr.’s, race car ownership career that spanned over a quarter of a century.  Starting in 1954, they owned and raced midgets, sprint cars, dirt and Indy cars.  In all, 50 drivers drove for the Gehlhausen team; among these great drivers were AJ Foyt, Tom Sneva, Lloyd Ruby, Tom Bigelow, and of course, her son Spike, who drove in over 80 Indy Car races throughout his career.  Margie and Carl had over 21 feature wins in all forms of racing, with more than 150 Indy Car starts.

 In her later years, she enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid reader.

Surviving are her children, Carl “Junie” Gehlhausen (Carrie) of Cicero, Jeannie Knies (Joe) of Jasper and Daniel “Spike” Gehlhausen (Carolyn) of Speedway; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

 Preceding her in death are two sisters, Marie Hagen and Betty Ransome, and three brothers, Eddie, Bill and Jim Briggeman.

 A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.



Leonard B. Gehlhausen Sr., 83, of Ferdinand, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at his home.

Leonard was born May 22, 1934 in Dubois to Lawrence & Henrietta (Nonte) Gehlhausen. He married Linda L. Jones on May 3, 1957 in Otwell. She passed away November 3, 1990. He married Ida M. Sander (Fetter) on December 26, 1994, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, She passed away February 28, 2017.

 Leonard served in the United States Air Force for 22 and a half years and served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He retired from Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in 1996 as an electronics technician. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, The Ferdinand V.F.W., National Rifle Association, and the North American Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, genealogy, water skiing in his younger years, and being with his family and friends.

 Surviving are two daughters, Jody (Dale) Kessinger of Evanston and Christy Beadles of Huntingburg; one son, Leonard B. (Yvette) Gehlhausen Jr. of Huntingburg; two stepsons, Keith (Terra) Sander of Lake Helmerich Village and Lieutenant Col. Michael (Kathy) Sander of Langley Air Force Base, Va.; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Dolores Daugherity of Indianapolis.

 He was preceded in death by two brothers, Maurice and Ronald Gehlhausen and one sister Pauline Hall.

 Funeral services for Leonard Gehlhausen Sr. will be held 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017, in Saint Ferdinand Church, burial with military honors following in Walnut Grove Cemetery near Velpen. Military graveside services will be provided by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday



Edward S. Gunselman, 76, of Ferdinand, died on August 23, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and HealthCare Center in Jasper.

 Edward was born March 5, 1941, in Ferdinand to Edward P. and Clara (Steffen) Gunselman. He married Mary Kaufman on September 19, 1964, in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia.

 Edward was an employee of DMI. He formerly worked at Homestead Pizza and Walmart as a greeter. Edward enjoyed animals, farming and socializing with family and friends. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and also the St. Josephs Sodality.

Edward is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Gunselman of Ferdinand; two sons, Fabian (Charlotte) Gunselman and Tim (Elizabeth) Gunselman all of Ferdinand; one daughter Agnes (Rodney) Vaal of St. Meinrad; one nephew, Ron (Sandy) Hasenour of St. Meinrad; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 Edward was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Catherine Hasenour and a nephew, James Hasenour.

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



Darrell H. Powell, 74, of Holland, passed away at 12:46 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born July 29, 1943, in Waverly, Kentucky to Norris and Willie Loree (Hunter) Powell. He married to Lavonne Hunefeld on June 30, 1972, in Holland.

 Darrell was a farmer. He attended the Holland United Methodist Church and enjoyed sports and spending time with his grandkids.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lee, George and Larry Powell; and his grandson, Jaxon Cale Bland.

 He is survived by his wife, Lavonne Powell of Holland; two daughters, Tresia (Chad) Bland of Holland and Lisa (T.J.) Montgomery of Holland; three brothers, Kenneth (Joanne) Powell of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Jerry (Marlene) Powell of Heilman and Steve (Alice) Powell of Holland; two sisters, Wilma Clark of Owensboro, Kentucky and Helen (John) Shuck of Blytheville, Arkansas; and by six grandchildren, Chase and Dylan Bland, Jayden Colson, and Myah, Avah and Hudson Montgomery.

 Funeral services for Darrell H. Powell will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Holland United Methodist Church in Holland with burial to follow at the Holland United Methodist Cemetery.  The 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 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and also at the church from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions can be made to the Holland United Methodist Church or to family wishes.



Keith A. Recker, 54, of St. Anthony, passed away at 1:11 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at home.

Keith was born in Huntingburg on December 31, 1962, to David Sr. and Beatrice (Braunecker) Recker. He married Wanda Fleck on October 22, 1983, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

 Keith worked at Jasper Engines and Transmissions, where he retired after 35 years. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus, where he had previously served on the Parish Finance Committee and Parish Council and was an usher. He was also a member of ABATE, and the St. Anthony Community Center where he served as past director for six years.

 He had a passion for riding motorcycles, especially his Harley Davidson, helping others, and spending time with his family and friends.

 Surviving are his wife, Wanda Recker, St. Anthony; three daughters, Ashley Schwenk (Chad) of Dale, Natalie Kamman (Nathan) of Huntingburg and Krista Thomas (Josh) of St. Meinrad; four grandchildren, Lexie and Makenzie Kamman and Grayson and Lawson Schwenk; his father and mother, David Sr. and Beatrice Recker of St. Anthony; mother-in-law, Nora Fleck of Kyana; step-grandmother, Carolyn Braunecker of Jasper; one sister, Trish Hoffman (Jeff) of Jasper; two brothers, David Recker Jr. of St. Anthony and Mark Recker (Lois) of Dubois.

 Preceding him in death are his father-in-law, Ralph Fleck; maternal grandparents, Anthony and Elizabeth Braunecker; and paternal grandparents, Leo and Marie Recker.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Keith A. Recker will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

 A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.  to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Monday.  St. Anthony Parish will pray a rosary at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, the St. Anthony Community Center, the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, the I.U. Simon Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity.



Edward Joseph Schmidt, 74, died on July 21, 2017, in Gresham, Oregon.

Ed was born August 11, 1942, in Jasper. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1960. Ed enlisted in the Air Force in 1961, then moved to the National Guard at the end of his four-year active duty, retiring in 1999. He worked for the USPS for 20 years. Ed and his wife Judy celebrated their 21st anniversary in June.

 Ed loved traveling with friends and family. He was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose at the East Portland Lodge.

 Ed is survived by his wife, Judy Schmidt; sons, Brent and Eric of Portland, Oregon; stepdaughters, Tamara (Sean) Flannagan and Lynnette (Greg) Sander of Gresham, Oregon; six grandchildren; siblings, Elaine Humbert, Marjorie Wagner, Tom Schmidt, Eugene Schmidt, Kenneth Schmidt, Mary Mehringer, Mark Schmidt, David Schmidt and Anne Edds, all in Indiana; and  brother, Gerald Schmidt in West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by parents, Roman and Veronica Schmidt; and siblings, James Schmidt and Barbara Hoffman, all from Jasper.

 The interment ceremony was at 11 a.m. on August 10, 2017, at Willamette National Cemetery.



Jerry D. Hoagland, P.A., 77, of Tell City, passed away August 21, 2017, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

 He was born December 17, 1939, in Greencastle, son of the late Daniel and Arlene (Wright) Hoagland. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Donald Hoagland.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Jerry was united in marriage to Joyce Buntin, July 26, 1964, in Palestine, Illinois.

 He was the owner of Hoagland Accounting for many years and spent several years on the Tell City-Troy Township School Board. He was a  member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky. Jerry and his wife enjoyed camping, but his pride and joy in life was watching his grandchildren participate in sports and rodeo.

 Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Hoagland; son, Greg (Angela), Hoagland, D.V.M. of Eckerty; daughter, Ginger (Mike) Peter of Tell City; brothers, Robert (Eloise) Hoagland of Robinson, Ill. and Larry (Jennifer) Hoagland of Noblesville; six grandchildren, Jessie and Josie Hoagland, Crystal (Garrett) Miller and Cathryn, Caylyn and Caleb Peter.

 Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. CDT Friday, August 25, 2017, at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, with burial in Deer Creek Baptist Cemetery. Bro. James Wedding will officiate.

 Visitation will be from 10 a.m. CDT until service time on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Creek Baptist Church.



Michael R. Schaefer, 46, of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Michael was born January 28, 1971, to Harold B. and Pauline M. (Bockhold) Schaefer.  He was united in marriage to Edrina S. Harpe on September 3, 1997, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

 Michael was Manager of Product Development and an Engineer at Jasper Engines & Transmissions for 23 years. He was a member of The American Society of Engineers.

He enjoyed yard work, landscaping, working on and fixing things. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, carpenter and woodworker. He enjoyed being with family and friends, especially his children.

 He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Saratoga from 1989 until 1993. He served in the Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, as an Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class in the United States Navy.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Harold B. Schaefer.

 Surviving are his wife, Edrina Sue Schaefer; three daughters, Miah, Katey, and Addison Schaefer, all at home; his mother, Pauline M. Schaefer of St. Meinrad; one brother, Mark (Phyllis) Schaefer of Dale; three sisters, Paula (Mark) Lutz of Haubstadt, Jackie (Steve) Mehling of Ferdinand and Trina (Jimmy) Strobel of Lamar; father-in-law, Doug Bawel of Jasper; mother-in-law, Kathy Bawel of Ferdinand; sisters-in-law, Karen Wetzel of Lamar, Kelly Lovell of Evansville and Lori Wigand of Jasper; brothers-in-laws, Luke Bawel, Brock Bawel and Tyler Flick, all of Jasper, Trevor Flick of Indianapolis and Charlie Carter of Reo; and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services for Michael R. Schaefer will be held at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church. Burial with military graveside rites will follow in the church cemetery.

 Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 9 a.m. CDT Thursday at the church.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Parish religious education.



Phyllis “Jane” Fancher Hunter, 89, of English, passed away on August 20, 2017, at Westminster Village in Clarksville, Ind.

Jane was born to Fred Atkins and Nellie Fay (Sturm) Atkins on September 22, 1927, in Champagne, Ill.

Jane loved quilting, gardening and playing Scrabble.

Preceding Jane in death are her parents, husband, Eugene Hunter; daughter, Linda Gail Apple; and a sister, Norma Fay Stockdale.

 She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen Fetz of New Albany, Russell Dean Fancher of English and Jo Annette Fancher of Huntingburg; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Ruth Wacther of Covington, Ky.

 Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Denbo Funeral Home in English from 4:00 until 8:00 pm.

 Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the funeral home at 11:00 am.

Bro. Jason Denton will be officiating the service with burial to follow at Wickliffe Cemetery at Wickliffe, Ind.


 


Robert Herr, 92, of Dale, died on Sunday, Aug 20, 2017, at Memorial Hospital.

Bob was born on July 25, 1925, at home in Dale to Raymond and Elizabeth (Schum) Herr.

 He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale, the Holy Name Society and he served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. He was a charter member of the American Legion in Dale.

 He is survived by four children, Vicki (Jim) Schulthise, Doug (Cindy) Herr, Dan Herr and Mona (Larry) Gaesser; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Louella Ledin, Linda (Jerry) Breeding and William Eugene Herr.

 He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Rose Herr in 1996; a sister, Charmaine Verkamp; and brother, Mike Schraner.

 A Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Friday, August 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. CDT at St. Francis of Assisi Parish – St. Joseph Church. With burial to follow in the Church Cemetery in Dale.

 Visitation will be Thursday, August 24, 2017, starting with the rosary at 2:30 and continuing until 6 p.m. CDT at St. Francis of Assisi Parish – St. Joseph Church in Dale.

Fuller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Sister Mary Alice Schnur, 94, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

Sister Mary Alice was born October 5, 1922, in Cypress, Indiana, the second of eight children born to George P. and Alice E. (Heuke) Schnur. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1940 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1942.  She celebrated 75 years of monastic profession on August 10, 2017.

 She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Virginia (Ginny) Schnur, Margaret Schnur, Dottie Schnur Cummins, and a brother-in-law, Dan Thomas; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Edward, Harold, James, William, and Joseph; and two sisters, Sister Maura Schnur, OSB, and Mickie Schnur Thomas.

 Sister Mary Alice taught elementary school at St. Bartholomew School in Columbus, St. Anthony School in Jeffersonville, St. Meinrad Elementary School in St. Meinrad, and at Ferdinand Elementary School in Ferdinand.  She served as an art teacher at Academy Immaculate Conception, St. Benedict College, and Ferdinand High School / Forest Park, all in Ferdinand.  She also served as a formation director for the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.  In 1975, Sister Mary Alice was sent as a missionary to Monasterio Reina de la Paz in Cobán, Guatemala.  While in Guatemala, Sister Mary Alice served as director of religious education at San Marcos Parish, worked in prison ministry, served as director of initial formation and as the religious superior for the community.  She also opened an art center, worked as an artist, and taught art classes.  Sister Mary Alice returned to Ferdinand in 2007 and worked in supportive services at the monastery.  She most recently served in the ministry of prayer.

 Visitation will be at the monastery on Tuesday, August 22, from 3:00 – 6:45 p.m. EDT and on Wednesday, August 23, from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. EDT.  A wake service will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The funeral Mass will be on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. EDT in the monastery church followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

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

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



Helen McFedries Severson, 104, of Santa Claus, formerly of Oak Park, Illinois, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

 Helen was born September 25, 1912, in Highland Park, Michigan, to George McDuff McFedries and Elsie Roos Wilson McFedries. She was united in marriage on June 17, 1939, to James Thomas Severson who preceded her in death.

 Helen was a retired office manager for Aetna Plating Works in Chicago. She was a member of First United Church of Oak Park. She was a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and also attended the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.

 She was preceded in death by a brother, George W. McFedries.

 She is survived by two daughters, Georgia Rush and Carol Severson, both of Santa Claus; a sister-in-law, Phyllis McFedries of San Diego, Calif.; two granddaughters, Carol (Brett) Hagedorn of Tell City and Jennifer (Eric) Schmidt of Lamar; and five great-grandchildren, Christina Schmidt, Eric Schmidt, Amber Schmidt, Emily Hagedorn and Kyle Hagedorn.

 Graveside services will be held at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.

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



Kevin D. Hybarger, 48, of Huntingburg, died Friday, August 18, 2017, at home.

Kevin was born July 26, 1969, in Columbus, Ind., to DeWayne and Bobby Sue (Faith) Hybarger. He married Barbara Wetzel on August 13, 2001, in Dubois County.

 Kevin was self-employed for Dustless Dynamics LLC. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, car racing and was an avid Indiana University Fan and a Ford enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his father, DeWayne Hybarger.

 He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hybarger; two stepsons, Nicholas Hughes and Matthew Hughes, both of Bloomington; mother, Bobby Sue Eads of Boonville; two brothers, Tony (Missy) Hybarger of Henderson and Jeff Hybarger of Louisville; four sisters, Angie Robinson of Evansville, Michelle Petry of Boonville, Lisa Hybarger of Ferdinand and Darlena Root of Evansville.

 Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday with a private Celebration Of Life Service following at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.


  
Harvey H. Dilger, 79, of Jasper, passed away peacefully at 1:02 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

 Harvey was born in Mariah Hill on August 11, 1938, to Richard F. and Gertrude (Bettag) Dilger. He married Betty L. Woebkenberg on September 9, 1961, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale.

 Harvey retired from Kimball International after 45 years of service. He was also a self-employed painter. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and served in the Indiana Army National Guard.

 He is survived by his his wife Betty; one daughter, Karen Tuell and husband Charles Jr. of Jasper; one son, Brian  L. Dilger of Plainfield; four grandchildren, Lori and Holly Dilger and Dillon and Josh Tuell; two sisters, Patricia Douglas and Jackie Meyer, both of Dale; one brother, Tim Dilger and wife Barb of Jasper.

 Preceding him in death were his parents.

 A Mass of Christian Burial for Harvey H. Dilger will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper, IN.

 A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service time at Holy Family Catholic Church on Thursday.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity.



Mary L. Kluemper, 74, of Jasper, passed away at 8:12 a.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

 Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 13, 1942, to Matthias and Marg (Steffen) Enzweiler. She married Ralph J. Kluemper on June 26, 1982, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2013.

 Mary worked as an office worker for various businesses, including an insurance firm. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

 She is survived by three sons, Joseph, Michael and Chris Kluemper, all of Jasper; one brother, Lawrence Enzweiler and his wife Elizabeth of Alabama.

 A Mass of Christian burial for Mary L. Kluemper will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

 A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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



Kevin Kellems, 59, of Buffaloville, passed away August 16, 2017, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.

 Kevin worked at Spencer Industries in Dale prior to being diagnosed with kidney disease. He endured two kidney transplants and dialysis for many years. He also enjoyed working for The Herald, he made many friends while delivering papers.

 Kevin was preceded in death by his wife Teresa Gramelspacher Kellems, his brother Shane, and his parents Louie and Bessie Kellems.

 Survivors include his son Andrew Kellems of Lamar, daughter Lacey Collins (Philip) of Evansville, and grandchildren Kira and Noah Kellems, Maverick and Mackenzie Collins, sisters Jowashia Day (Mike), Carol VanWinkle, Nancy Heilman (Marvin) and brother Jack (Patti) of Greer, S.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 Visitation will be on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 2 to 6 p.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home.

 Funeral services will be Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home. Burial to follow in Buffaloville Cemetery.



Hilda C. Klein, 96, of Jasper, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017, in Cathedral Health Care in Jasper, Indiana.

 She was born in Jasper on August 31, 1920, to Albert G. and Mayme (Hochgesang) Mehringer. She married Jerome H. Klein on June 2, 1942, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

 Hilda retired from Seibert’s Clothing Store in Jasper where she worked in the alterations department. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella and the St. Anne Society.

 She is survived by her husband, Jerome H. Klein; one daughter, Louise Ann Older (William) of Colbert, Wash.; one son, James Klein (Sherry) of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

 Preceding her in death is one son Donald Klein; one grandson, James Klein Jr.; two sisters, Marilyn Mehringer who died in infancy and Bernie Meyer; and five brothers, Cyril, Dennis, Hilbert, Cletus and Wilfred Mehringer.

 Funeral services for Hilda C. Klein  will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 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, August 21, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m. by the D of I’s and the St. Anne Society at the funeral home.


Dan Wortham, 39, of Huntingburg, Indiana, died on Wednesday morning, August 16, 2017, at his home after a long illness.

 He was born in Louisville, Ky., on September 2, 1977, to Robert and Mary (O’Brien) Wortham.

 Dan was a member of the Jasper High School class of 1996 where he played football, made many friends and became a reading enthusiast. He was a proud father, an avid fisherman, lover of music, outdoorsman and long-time B.A.S.S. member.

 He is survived by the highlight of his life, his daughter, Jillian Paige Wortham; his parents, Robert Wortham of Louisville and Mary Wortham of Huntingburg; a sister, Lyn Blessinger and husband Chad of Jasper; a niece, Leanne Lee and husband Shawn of Jasper; a nephew, Dylan Blessinger of Jasper; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private family ceremony will be held at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a wildlife charity.


Larry Arnold, 69, of Dale, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, at home.

He was born July 18, 1948, in Huntingburg to Cletus and Blanche (Sergesketter) Arnold.

A 1966 graduate of Dale High School, he attended Auto-Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn., graduating in 1967. In 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After training at the Great Lakes Naval Center in Northern Illinois, he became a Seabee. He completed his service in the U.S. Navy in December 1973 after a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He thoroughly enjoyed his career as a mechanic and also loved boating, camping and Nascar.

Survivors include his companion of 24 years, Georgia Tretter of Dale; her children, Kurt Tretter and wife Janis of Ferdinand and Julie Fischer and husband Dean of St. Anthony; four stepgrandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Tretter and Kayla and Grant Fischer; one stepson, Brandon Law of Jasper; two sisters, Patricia Perry and husband Mike of Kokomo and Janet Villains and husband Pat of Dale; two brothers, Greg Arnold and wife Amy of Holland and Steve and wife Rita of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charlie Arnold.

His memberships included the Ferdinand American Legion and he was a past member of the Dale Lion’s Club.

Disposition of his cremains and a memorial service will be at a later date. Donations in Larry Arnold’s memory may be made to Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Kindred Hospice or the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

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


Michael Alan “Mick” Birge, 57, of Jasper, Indiana, died on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana, on November 6, 1959, to Jerry and Margaret (Blueher) Birge. He married Starlene Allerellie on August 7, 1987, in Lawrenceville, Ill.

Mick was a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School, a defensive end for the Wildcats’ 1976 and 1977 state football runner-up teams, and a 1982 graduate of Franklin College, where he played football and baseball. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper German Club. He earned numerous honors during a long career in radio and television in Kemmerer, Casper and Laramie, Wy., Lawrenceville, lll., Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and Jasper. He was the television basketball play-by-play announcer for the University of Evansville and radio basketball play-by-play announcer for Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.

After working for a number of years for the statewide Wyoming Radio News Network, he returned to Jasper in 2010 as radio and TV news director for Dubois County Broadcasting before creating and serving as CEO of his own online television news and sports station, NewsNow Dubois County, which is also featured on area Spectrum Cable systems.

He is survived by his wife, Starlene Birge; his parents, Jerry and Margaret Birge of Jasper; two sons, Adam Birge and fiancé Rachael Woodward of Indianapolis and David Birge, a senior at the University of Southern Indiana; one daughter, Antoinette Birge, a sophomore at Ball State University; one brother, Joe Birge and wife Jill of Brentwood, Tenn.; five sisters, Joan Little and partner Dan Wilhite of Evansville, Marlene Cocchetto and husband Alan of Fairview, Penn., Marilyn Scherer and husband Doug of Zionsville, Marcia Rhodes and husband Ron of Newburgh and Jennifer Birge of Jersey City, N.J.; a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A parish rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services for Mick Birge will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at St. Joseph Church in Jasper, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mick Birge Scholarship Fund in care of Dubois County Community Foundation, 600 McCrillus St., Jasper, IN 47547.


 
Glen Brock Brittain, 98, of Jasper, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Timbers of Jasper.

Glen was born in Saunemin, Illinois on May 4, 1919 to Earl and Alta Susan (Yates) Brittain. He was a graduate of Otwell High School Class of 1937.

In 1941, Glen enlisted in the U.S. Army and served the duration of World War II under General George S. Patton as a combat engineer with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, part of “Hell on Wheels” – 2nd Armored Division in the European Theatre. Glen participated in several major battles including the North African Invasion, the Sicily Invasion, and the Normandy Invasion landing on Omaha Beach. Glen was awarded two purple heart medals for combat injuries both occurring while fighting in Germany. In 2004 he was awarded the VFW living hero award.

His combat history has been recorded by the Veterans History Project and can be found in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

He married Betty Boger on March 2, 1946 in Washington, Ind.

Glen was a member of Jasper VFW Post #673, and Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, IN.

He was a lifelong farmer in Boone Township where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time outdoors.

Surviving is his wife, Betty Brittain of Jasper; two daughters, Glenda Wagner (Steve) of Jasper and Brenda McDonnell (Terry) of Lancaster, S.C.; one son, Greg Brittain of New Palestine, Ind.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Geneva Himsel of Jasper.

Preceding him in death was one daughter, Linda Brittain; one daughter-in-law, Vicki Brittain; one grandchild, Chad McDonnell; and one sister, Alberta Mae Brittain who died in infancy.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, with Rev. Dan Sinkhorn and Pastor Paul Alvey officiating. Burial to follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. The Jasper VFW post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, the Jasper VFW Post #673, or the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana.


 

Judith Ann Jones, 71, of French Lick, entered into eternal rest on August 14, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

She was born in Orange County on February 2, 1946, to Rufus Weaver and Rose (Deal) Weaver. Judith married Diz Jones in 1962 and he preceded her in death on September 22, 1994.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Judith attended Springs Valley High School, was a member of the Springs Valley Wesleyan Church and had worked at the Paoli Shoe Factory. She loved to dance and spend time with her family.

Judith is survived by two sons, Richard Jones of Jasper and James Jones (Merrit) of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Ceremony will be conducted by Pastor John Moffatt on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel in French Lick. Interment will follow in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick, Indiana.

Friends may call Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel.

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


 

Ronald R. Neukam, 68, of Ireland, passed away at 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at home.

Ron was born in Jasper, Indiana,  on February 20, 1949, to Milfred and Selma (Breitweiser) Neukam.  He married Cindy Fuhrman on September 28, 1979, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, Indiana.

He was a custodian for Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper for eight years. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper and the Haysville Volunteer Department, where he retired after approximately 25 years of service.  He was a member of one of the first First Responder teams in Haysville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fixing things and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Neukam of Ireland; his mother, Selma Neukam of Jasper; four sons, Dave Neukam (Shelley) of Haysville, Mike Neukam (Candance) of Dawson Springs, Ky., Phillip Neukam of Huntingburg and Alex Neukam of Ireland; three granddaughters, Harlie Zehr and Nichole and Remington Neukam; two grandsons, Landon and Hunter Neukam; two great-grandsons, Keaton and  Hudson Neukam.

Preceding him in death are his father, Milfred Neukam and one grandson, Kai Neukam.

Funeral services for Ronald R. Neukam will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August  18, 2017, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Emmanuel Hill Cemetery in Dubois, Indiana.  Rev. Dan Sinkhorn and Pastor Paul Alvey will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at Shiloh United Methodist Church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church.


 

Meta I. Neukam, 96, of Jasper, passed away at 9:27 p.m. on August 12, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

 Meta was born in Haysville on October 8, 1920, to Walter and Anna (Wening) Buchta. She married Harry J. Neukam on October 17, 1939, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2000.

 Meta worked and retired from the  Kimball Corporation where she had been employed for many years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart in Jasper. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads in Dubois.

 She enjoyed quilting.

 She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Sullivan of Jasper; three sons, Richard W. Neukam of Jasper, Russell E. Neukam Sr. of Celestine and John A. Neukam of Loogootee; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Annetta Nigg of Jasper.

 Preceding her in death are one son, Gary Lee Neukam; one granddaughter, Denise Hancock; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Neukam; and four brothers, Herbert, Arthur, Edwin and Linus Buchta.

 Funeral services for Meta I. Neukam will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads in Dubois, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Rev. Mary Poston will officiate.

 Visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads or to a favorite charity.


 
Louis E. Pancake, 80, of Velpen, passed away at 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

He was born February 20, 1937, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Alva and Margaret (Eilert) Pancake; and was united in marriage to Mary E. Wessel on May 17, 1969, in Jeffersonville.

Louis worked as a welder and machinist. He enjoyed tinkering on equipment in his backyard. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Margaret Pancake; his step-mother, Ada Belle Pancake; two daughters, Anita Decker and Lisa Ross; two brothers, Lloyd Pancake and Kenneth Pancake; and his step-sister, Joyce Ann Allgood.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Pancake of Velpen; two sons, Doug (Joline) Pancake of Velpen and John (Rose) Pancake of Paoli; three siblings, Marvin Pancake of Velpen, Roger Pancake of Jasper and Mildred Neukam of Dubois; by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Louis Pancake will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen. The V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites. The funeral service will be officiated by Brother Craig Taylor.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, the day of the funeral.


 Mildred C. Vonderheide, 95, of Huntingburg, passed away at 6:40 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born July 7, 1922, in Dubois County to Oscar and Anna (Neuhoff) Messmer.

Mildred managed the American Legion in Huntingburg and was an Aflac Insurance agent for a number of years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mildred married Vincent R. “Dex” Vonderheide on November 24, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died October 19, 2004; and two siblings, Jim Messmer and Mary Jane Van Bever.

Mildred is survived by two sons, Randy (Debbie) Vonderheide of Vincennes and Larry J. (Kathy) Vonderheide of Jasper; one brother, Ray Messmer of Huntingburg; by four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A funeral Mass for Mildred Vonderheide will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg; burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, the day of the funeral.  Memorials can be made to The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.


 

Catherine M. Schaefer, 86, of St. Meinrad, passed away at her home on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Catherine was born October 9, 1930, in Covington, Ky., to Richard and Laura (Volz) Armstrong. She married Melvin Schaefer on August 21, 1954, at St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. Melvin preceded her in death on July 22, 1985.

Catherine was retired from Spencer Industries. She was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Auxiliary Post 366 and St. Meinrad Catholic Church.

Catherine is survived by six sons, Roger (Peggy) Schaefer of Dale, David (Faith) Schaefer, George (Lisa) Schaefer, Scott Schaefer Evan (Marsha) Schaefer and Barry (Amy) Schaefer all of St. Meinrad; two daughters, Laural (Randy) Gehlhausen of Ferdinand and Anita (Dennis) Voegerl of Huntingburg; one sister, Irene (Jim) Seitz of Jasper; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Lela Schaefer in infancy and two sisters, Mildred Meyer and Betty Jenkins. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CDT in St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. CDT until the time of service at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


 

Kathryn M. Osborn, 93, of Greenfield, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born September 30, 1923, in Kewanee, Illinois to Roy F. and Marguerite (Anderson) Powers.

Kathryn was a homemaker and member of the Bradley United Methodist Church in Greenfield. She was a resident of Greenfield from 1957 until 2011, at which time she moved to the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper to be closer to her son.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Osborn, who died in 2009; one daughter, Julie M. Osborn; and four brothers.

She is survived by her son, Thomas C. Osborn of Huntingburg, Indiana.

A private graveside committal will be held at Park Cemetery in Greenfield, Indiana.  No public services will be held.  Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the burial arrangements.

Nina F. Kelly, 93, of Huntingburg, formerly of Bedford, died at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at her residence.

Born October 5, 1923, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Henry and Alta (Dobson) Garsnett. She married Robert O. Kelly on May 18, 1942, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1992.

She retired from Westinghouse after 22 years. She had also worked at Central Foundry and RCA. She was a long-time member of the Guthrie Christian Church, Ladies Aide of Guthrie, Huntingburg Central Christian Church, U.A.W. Local #440 and the I.B.E.W of Bloomington.

Nina is survived by two daughters, Cathy Kelly Gilbert and husband, Phil, of Huntingburg, and Debra Kelly Combs and husband, Michael, of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Morris Garsnett and wife, Fidella of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Connie Kelly Owens Richard; a sister, Marilyn DeWitt; and three brothers, Kenneth Norman, Alvin Garsnett and Frank Norman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 12 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, Bedford, with Pastor George Sites officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, August 12 at the Day & Carter Mortuary


 

Ashley R. Stephens, 25, of Jasper, passes away at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Ashley was born in Huntingburg, Indiana, on July 23, 1992, to Michael John and Rachel (Stephens) Hopper.

She was a member of the ASPCA. She liked helping people. She enjoyed listening to ICP music, baking and she loved animals, especially dogs.

Ashley is survived by her mother, Rachel Hopper of Turlock, Calif.; her father, Michael John Hopper of Bakersfield, Calif.;  husband, John Kersh of Jackson, Miss.; three sons, Timothy, Ace and Preston Kersh of Indianapolis; three sisters, Cassandra Contreras (Luis) of Indianapolis, Candace Black (Randy) of Jasper and Summer Schmidt (Gerald III) of Indianapolis; three brothers, Michael Hopper of Jasper, Josh Blume of Indianapolis and Levi Hopper of Otwell; several nieces and nephews; paternal grandfather, Neil Hopper of LaCrosse, Wisc.

Preceding her in death are her sister, Autumn Hopper, her paternal grandmother, Charlotte Hopper, and maternal grandparents, Paul and Bonnie Stephens.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


 

Finess G. Gentry, 57, of Jasper, passed away at 3:58 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Finess was born in Folsomville on December 29, 1959, to Bobby Gene and Martha Katy (Bass) Gentry.

He was a hard worker and previously worked in the coal mines and as a heavy equipment operator for several years. Finess enjoyed collecting, especially clocks and signs.

Finess is survived by one daughter, Brandi Michelle Glover (Joe) of Lithia Springs, Ga.; two sons, Anthony Gentry of Jasper and Brian Gentry (Felicia) of Jasper; 10 grandchildren; three sisters, Jackie Thompson (Ray) of Owensboro, Barbara Deauman (Max) of Wells,Texas, Mary Coffey of English; one brother, Matthew Gentry of Sweetwater, Texas.

Preceding him in death are his parents, one granddaughter, Valentina Nyugen, and two brothers, Robert and David Gentry.

Private services will be held at a later date.


 

James Walter Posey, 26, of Jasper, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident.

James was born in Evansville on July 29, 1991, to Dennis and Nancy (Garland) Posey.

He worked through Action Temporary Services. He enjoyed listening to ICP music, fishing and walking.

Surviving are his parents, Dennis and Nancy Posey, Jasper, IN, one son, Blaze Lee Posey, Jasper, IN, brothers, and several aunts and uncles.

Preceding him in death is his fiancé, Ashley Stephens.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


 

Robert J. “Bobby” Heitz, 84, of Huntingburg, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper with family by his side.

He was born July 24, 1933, in Huntingburg to Anselm and Emma (Reckelhoff) Heitz. He married Ardella Stemle on May 28, 1955 in St. Anthony.

Bobby was a lifelong farmer on the family homestead farm. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He loved Farmall tractors. He enjoyed bow hunting and was a champion shooter associated with Blue River Archery in Corydon. He was an avid muzzle loader shooter, coon and deer hunter, He was also a 49-and-a-half year cancer survivor.

He was preceded in death by:  his daughter, Virginia Boehm; his sister, Anselma “Sally” Heitz; and brother-in-law, Conrad Blessinger.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ardella Heitz of Huntingburg; his son, Paul Heitz of Huntingburg; his son-in-law, Randy Boehm of Holland; two sisters, Mary Lou Blessinger of Huntingburg and Norma (Jack) Truelove of Jasper; two granddaughters, Angela (John) Burton of Huntingburg and Melissa (Kade) Terwiske of Ireland; two grandsons, Travis Boehm of Indianapolis and Jonathan Boehm of Holland; eight great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 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 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to your local Cancer Society, St. Mary’s Church or the Humane Society.


 

Maurice E. Rickelman, 81, of St. Henry, formerly of Ferdinand, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

He was born June 3, 1936, in Spencer County to Edmund & Catherine “Katie” (Denning) Rickelman.

Maurice was a member of Christ the King-St. Ferdinand Parish. He was a Korean war veteran and a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Ferdinand V.F.W., St. Henry Catholic Knights of America, Huntingburg Eagles, and St. Meinrad K of C # 5599.

He was retired from the Laborers Union. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Surviving are five sons, Kenny (Sue) Rickelman of Buffaloville, Denny (Sherri) Rickelman of Fulda, Renny (Louise) Rickelman on St. Henry, Lenny (Diane) and Benny (Beth) Rickelman, both of Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Hilda Waninger of Ferdinand; and two brothers, Joe and David (Mary) Rickelman both of Ferdinand.

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, in Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church, with burial to follow in St. Meinrad Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church after 8 a.m. Wednesday.


 

Viola B. Sander, 91, of Celestine, passed away on Monday morning, August 7, 2017, at home.

Viola was born in Jasper on July 9, 1926, to John and Bertha (Hopf) Vogler. She married Victor Sander on April 23, 1946, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of  St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus and their St. Anne’s Sodality. She was also a member of the Celestine Community Club and the Celestine Home Economics Club. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Darlene Phillips, Cindy Vernon (Tony), both of Louisville, Martha  Goepfrich of Celestine; three sons, Jim Sander (Margaret), Ron Sander (Mary) and Donnie Sander (Linda), all of Celestine; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charlie Vogler (Eileen) of Jasper; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Vogler of Jasper.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one grandchild, Ryan Sander; one great-grandchild, Kasen Goepfrich; one sister, Marita Sullivan; one brother, Andrew Vogler; and two son-in-laws, Steven Goepfrich and Mark Phillips.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Viola B. Sander will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.  \The St. Isidore Parish St. Anne’s Sodality will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

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


 

Karen S. Jones, 75, of Stendal, passed away at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at her residence.

She was born January 4, 1942, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Elmer and Ida (Hagemeyer) Luker and married Clayburn L. Jones on January 7, 1963.

Karen was a homemaker and also worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Austin, Robert, Paul and Kern Luker.

Karen is survived by her husband, Clayburn L. Jones of Stendal; two sons, Duane L. (Ann) Jones of Stendal and Darren (Amber) Jones of Evansville; one brother, Donald Luker of Stendal; by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Stendal. Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday the day of the funeral.  Memorials can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.


 

Ralph Eldo Hemmer, 85, of the Zoar Community, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 8:30 p.m.

He was born at Zoar on Christmas Eve 1931, to Earl and Alberta (Weitkamp) Hemmer. He lived his entire life on his beloved farm, Meadowtop. He was married to Delores Kinkade on June 5, 1955, in the Huntingburg Methodist Church.

Ralph was active in the Zoar United Methodist Church, having served more than twenty-five years as chairman of the administrative council.  He taught Sunday school, sang in the Jubilee Choir and held various other jobs in the church.  He passed the week of the Mosquito Fest, his favorite activity, having served on the forming committee forty-five years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Delores; son, John (Janet) Hemmer of Zoar; three daughters, Becky (Ron) Brockriede of Huntingburg, Rachel (Ron) Hughes of Richmond, and Laura Hemmer of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and several foster great -grandchildren who called him “Big Pop.”

He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and he and his family sang gospel music for many years. He was best known for his rendition of The Lighthouse. He was a member of the Uhl Pottery Collectors Society, the Model T Ford Club of America and the Kentuckiana Crosley Club.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2017, at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar with burial to follow at the Zoar Cemetery. Pastor 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., on Sunday and also at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday. Memorials may be given to the Zoar United Methodist Church or to family wishes.


 

Pauline Staats 91, of Dale, died on Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She is survived by daughters, Dorothy (Dotty) Fettes, Lucille Kolar and a stepdaughter Pauline Wood; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Retta Miller, two husbands William Melcher and John Staats, three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral Services are planned for Monday August 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home with burial to follow in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Grandview.

Visitation will be Sunday August 6, from 4 to 7 PM CT at Fuller Funeral Home in Dale.


 Fr. Barnabas Gillespie, 70, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died at 12:30 a.m. on July 28, 2017, at the monastery.

He was a jubilarian both of profession and priesthood.

He is survived by three brothers, Timothy, Patrick and Kevin.

Fr. Barnabas was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 13, 1947, and given the name Michael David at his baptism. He attended Duns Scotus College, Cincinnati, for a year before transferring to the University of Cincinnati.

Fr. Barnabas joined the monastery at Saint Meinrad in 1972 and professed his simple vows on August 24, 1973. He graduated from Saint Meinrad College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

Fr. Barnabas professed solemn vows on August 24, 1977. He received a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood on April 27.

From 1982 to 1986, he served as associate pastor at St. Benedict Parish, Evansville, IN. He returned to Saint Meinrad and, over the next 10 years, held such positions as retreat director, liturgical master of ceremonies, refectorian, house prefect, and director of the vestry.

Fr. Barnabas returned to parish ministry in 1996, serving for a year as administrator of the churches of St. Augustine, Leopold, IN, and St. Mark, Perry County, IN, and then for a year as associate pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Cincinnati. In 1998 he began a 14-year assignment as pastor of the parishes of St. Michael, Cannelton, IN, and St. Pius, Troy, IN.

Since 2012, he had been a spiritual director in the seminary, assisted in the seminary’s liturgical practicum program and served as chaplain to the Tell City Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Thursday 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.


 

Tony A. Byers, 65, of Holland, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2017, at his residence.

He was born August 16, 1951, in Huntingburg and was united in marriage to Avis M. Seufert on May 31, 1975.

Tony worked at Kimball for 30 years. He was a member of Holland High School’s Class of 1970 and the Dale Bible Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, car shows and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley (Daugherty) Byers.

Tony is survived by his wife, Avis M. Byers of Holland; his daughter and son-in-law, April (Andrew) Heid of Dale; his son and daughter-in-law, Zane (Kisha) Byers of Evansville; one brother, Wally Byers of Holland; and two grandchildren, Nelleigh Harker and Emilie Heid.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  Pastor Justin Halder 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., on Thursday.


 

Joan I. Reckelhoff, 67, of St. Anthony, passed away at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Joan was born in Huntingburg, Indiana, on June 13, 1950, to Norbert and Delores (Uebelhor) Auffart. She married Dan Reckelhoff on August 21, 1971, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana.

Joan was a 1968 graduate of Ireland High School, and then she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and her Master’s degree in Education from Indiana State University.

Joan was a Professor of Business at Vincennes University Jasper Campus for 35 years.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus and the St. Anthony Christian Mothers.

She enjoyed reading, spending time with her children, traveling, and going to the casino.

Surviving are her husband, Dan Reckelhoff of St. Anthony; one daughter, Judy Reckelhoff and her husband Mike Hulett of Woodbridge, Vir.; three sons, Steve Reckelhoff and his wife Megan of Brownsburg, Ind., Kevin Reckelhoff and his wife Lori of Houston, Tex., and Jamie Reckelhoff and his wife Paige Dufour of Noblesville; her mother, Delores Auffart of Huntingburg; three sisters, Margie Staten and husband Bill of Ladoga, Ind., Marilyn Kunkler of Charlestown, Ind. and Susie Brown and her husband Bob of Taswell, Ind.; one brother, Al Auffart and his wife Marti of Cutler, Ind.

Preceding her in death her father, Norbert Auffart, two brothers- in law, Tim Kunkler and Tom Reckelhoff, and two nephews, Brian Reckelhoff and Jason Kunkler.

Funeral services for Joan I. Reckelhoff will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church on Thursday. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


 

Tamara J. “Tami” Eckert, 55, of Huntingburg, passed away Sunday morning, July 30, 2017, at her residence.

She was born September 18, 1961, in Huntingburg to Eugene “Red” and Darlene D. (Schmidt) Eckert.

Tami worked as a Qualified Medical Assistant in the home health care field. She enjoyed reading, painting and working on puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene “Red” Eckert.

Tami is survived by her mother, Darlene D. Eckert of Huntingburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Tony (Donna) Eckert of Huntingburg; and her sister, Erica Eckert of Tell City.

Funeral services for Tamara “Tami” Eckert will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Huntingburg. The Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, the day of the funeral.


 

William Henry “Bill” Meyer, 88, of Holland, passed away at 3:22 a.m., on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

He was born December 20, 1928, in Holland, Indiana to Henry A. and Mildred (Lange) Meyer; and married Bernice Maria Finke on October 23, 1949, in Orange, California.

Bill owned and operated the Westside Grocery in Holland and then worked for Holland Dairy as a driver and salesman. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir and held church offices. He was also a past Kiwanis and Jaycees member.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jacquelyn Sue Meyer; and sister, Lucille Meyer.

Bill is survived by his wife, Bernice Maria Meyer of Holland; three children, Lana (Randy) Flamion of Holland, Brad (Kim) Meyer of Huntingburg, and Tara (Dave) Parman of Monroe City, Ind.; one sister, Marian Caldemeyer of Holland; by eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for William Henry “Bill” Meyer will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland with burial to follow at St. James Lutheran Cemetery.  Pastor David Darling will officiate at the services.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday; and also at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday morning.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church in Holland or Riley Children’s Hospital.


 

Martha A. (Myrt) Stallwood, 95, of Hastings, Minn.,  passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 27, 2017, in Hastings, Minn.

She was born to Robert and Frances (Ruxer) Becher, of St. Meinrad, December 31, 1921.

She graduated from Dale High School and went on to further her education at a business school in Indianapolis. While working for Allison Division of GM, she met her life partner Leslie (Farnborough, UK) and they were married August 30, 1947. They both lived in Indianapolis until 2001 when they moved to Jasper.

He preceded her in death on August 27, 2005. After Leslie’s passing, she split time living in Hastings and Jasper.

Myrt was a life long member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis and did extensive charity work on its behalf. Myrt was an avid golfer and all-around sports fan. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her sister Dorothy (Dottie) Brosmer, two sons, Geoff Stallwood (Shirley) of Jasper, George Stallwood (Patty) of Indianapolis, and one daughter Tracy Steiner (John)  of Hastings MN,  eight grand children, and nine great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were two brothers Ralph (Tommy) and Gervase (Jerp) Becher and one sister Ann Krodel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at St. Joseph 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 Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a favorite charity.


 

Juliana (Striegel) Haller, 86, Indianapolis, formerly of Huntingburg, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Indianapolis.

She was born in Huntingburg on June 28, 1931, the daughter of Egid M. and Antoinette (Schuch) Striegel.

She was a loving homemaker who was very dedicated to her family, faith and friends. After working 13 years at PKG Consultants, she enjoyed volunteering and traveling in her retirement.

Juliana is survived by her sons Rex (Jeanne) Haller of Lebanon, Ind. and Jeff Haller of Thailand; daughters Theresa Dargevics of Denver, Colo. and Ann (Dan) Kells of Phoenix, Ariz.; by three granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

Services will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Huntingburg with viewing from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nass & Son Funeral Home, 208 North Main Street, followed by a 2:00 p.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 313 North Washington Street. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery; a reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Juliana’s memory to the Franciscan Missionary Union c/o Bro. Joseph Rogenski, 3140 Meramec Street, St. Louis, MO 63118.


 

Frank M. Waninger, 74, Ferdinand, passed away Friday, July 28th at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Frank was born December 6, 1942, in Spencer County to Max and Frances (Kleiser) Waninger. He married Hilda Mae Rickelman on June 27, 1964, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Frank retired from Foertsch Construction Company. He was a sergeant in the National Guard and a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, a member of the Antique Tractor Club, and Spencer County Memorial Forest. He enjoyed farming, gardening, deer hunting and enjoyed being with family and friends. He especially liked John Deere Tractors. Frank was an organ & tissue donor.

Surviving are his wife, Hilda Mae Waninger, two daughters, Tina Beier of Ferdinand and Jane Ann (Greg) Beier of St. Henry. Five grandchildren, Michael, Keith, Jarrod, Derrick Beier and Nicole Bromm. Two great-grandchildren, Carter & Liam Beier.  Three sisters, Anna Mae Peters and Pauline Gogel of Fulda, Agnes Witte of Huntingburg. Four brothers, Clarence (Betty) Waninger of Ferdinand, Dennis (Carol) Waninger of Fulda, Norman (Betty) Waninger of Huntingburg, and Robert (Diana) Waninger of Lamar. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edgar & Alvin Waninger.

Funeral services for Frank M. Waninger will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. Burial to follow with military graveside rites provided by Ferdinand Legion Post 124 in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


 

Ora Louise Albertson, 91, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:31 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at her residence.

She was born July 25, 1926, in Boswell, Indiana to George Clark and Imogene (Meyers) Stovall.  Louise was a retired nurse.  She loved to read, especially the Bible; and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eugene Albertson, who passed away in 2004; two brothers, George Stovall and Lyle Stovall; one sister, Virginia Stovall; one grandson, Stephen Travis Smith, who passed away on April 19, 2017; and by two great grandsons, Levi and Evan McTagertt.

Louise was a retired nurse. She loved to read, especially the Bible, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eugene Albertson, who passed away in 2004; two brothers, George Stovall and Lyle Stovall; one sister, Virginia Stovall; one grandson, Stephen Travis Smith, who passed away on April 19, 2017; and by two great grandsons, Levi and Evan McTagertt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eugene Albertson, who passed away in 2004; two brothers, George Stovall and Lyle Stovall; one sister, Virginia Stovall; one grandson, Stephen Travis Smith, who passed away on April 19, 2017; and by two great grandsons, Levi and Evan McTagertt.

Louise is survived by four children, Linda L. Weatherford of Wingate, Ind., Virginia Kay (spouse: Phil) Carey of Lafayette, Ind., Frank Albertson of Sparta, North Carolina, and Donna Smith-Parks of Huntingburg, Ind.; one sister, Norma Jean Scott of Mesa, Arizona; and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

A graveside committal service and interment will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Boswell Cemetery in Boswell, Indiana. Memorial contributions can be made to your local Humane Society.


 

Margaret “Peggy” Ann Oeding, 75, of Jasper, passed away on July 28, 2017, at the IU Hospice House in Bloomington.

Peggy was born on March 26, 1942, to Roman and Catherine (Giesler) Kluemper in Jasper. She and her five brothers grew up on the family’s farm in Jasper. On June 30, 1961, she married Fred Oeding and they had five children.

Peggy worked for Avon, Home Interiors, GE, Jasper Seating and retired from Kimball. She received a GED and was a licensed cosmetologist. She enjoyed being with her family and friends; liked country music, polka dancing and ironing. She played the organ, guitar and accordion.

In spite of declining health, Peggy was able to live independently thanks to the loving support of her niece Lisa Voges, her dear friend Debbie Kuper, her brothers and their wives, as well as many other friends and family in her beloved hometown of Jasper. She was an energetic, hard-working, fun-loving person who will be greatly missed.

Peggy is survived by her children of Bloomington, Brian Oeding (wife Karen), Brett Oeding (wife Allison), Heidi Leisz (husband Jeff), Catherine Entzian (partner Jeff Ehman), and Pamela Easton; grandchildren, Grant Leisz of Cincinnati, Ohio, Chase Easton, Alexandra Entzian, Carlie Easton, Jacob Oeding, Grace Oeding, and Blaise Oeding, all of Bloomington; and great granddaughter Giovanna Miosi of Bloomington; brothers, Ken Kluemper (wife Charlene) of Solsberry, William Kluemper (wife Wicky) of Jasper, and Richard Kluemper (wife Linda) of Bowling Green, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, John, Thomas, and Gerald.

Peggy was a follower of Jesus and had faith in the promise of an afterlife.  Please join us to celebrate her life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Precious Blood Church, 1385 West 6th Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546.

She had a heart for others and did so in death as well by donating her body to the IU School of Medicine Anatomical Education Program. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, 800 West Ninth Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546.


 

Ralph “Neal” Williams, 67, of Ferdinand, passed away at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 16, 1949, in Daviess County to the late James Delmar Williams and Bertha Mae McGee.

Neal was a 1967 graduate of Loogootee High School. He was previously employed by J & B Drilling, Kimball Piano, Kimball Cherry Street and OFS. He formerly owned a miniature golf course. He enjoyed walking and running. He was a college basketball and NASCAR fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Delmar Williams and Bertha Mae McGee; granddaughter, Breanah Kaye Williams; brother, Graydon Williams; stepfather, Lawrence McGee; brother-in-law, Clarence Gingerich.

Neal is survived by his wife, Marla (Kalb) Williams of Ferdinand; daughter, Staci (Andy) DeWitt of Huntingburg; son, Dustin (Cortney) Williams of LowMoor, Iowa; grandchildren, Kira and Kolten DeWitt, Alexandra and Graydon Williams, Emma Delgado and Madison Sprout; sisters, Doris Gingerich of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Naomi (Bill) Gingerich of New Concord, Ohio, Alma (Harry) Shappell of Geronimo, Ok. and Marcella (Ed) Brewer of Marion, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center.


 

Michael  D. Gehlhausen, 54, of Dubois, passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Michael was born in Jasper on August 5, 1962 to Edgar and Dian (Rohrscheib ) Gehlhausen.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked as a mechanic and also worked for Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. He enjoyed reading, especially history, and he participated in in Civil War reenactments. He also enjoyed listening to music.

He is survived by his parents, Edgar and Dian Gehlhausen of Dubois; and one brother, Brett L. Gehlhausen of Dubois.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents.

Funeral services for Michael D. Gehlhausen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 201, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Karen Husby will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


 

Michael E. Sanders, 62, of Evansville, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at home.

Michael was born in El Paso, Texas, on July 1, 1955, to Robert and Barbara (Clinkenbeard) Sanders.

Michael was a carpenter and worked construction for many years. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He enjoyed flying kites.

Surviving are one daughter, Michelle Braig, and her husband Shane, Oklahoma City, Okla., one son, John Sanders, San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Cathy Randolph and her husband John of Jasper, Kelly Stephens and her husband Brandon of Bloomfield; three brothers, Wayne Sanders of Jasper, B.J. Sanders of Odon and Kojak Sanders and his wife Darra of Slidell, La.; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

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


 

Karen Sue (Green) Moran, 74, of Dale, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Willowdale Nursing Home in Dale, after a nearly 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born on January 20, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Raymond and Gwen Green, Karen grew up in South Bend, where she graduated from Washington High School in 1960.

Thereafter, she attained a bachelor’s degree in social work at Indiana University before serving as recreation director at Children’s Hospital in South Bend, where she worked with severely disabled children.

She later served as a teacher and workshop director with Stonebelt Center in Bloomington, as a Q.M.R.P. in Winamac, Indiana and with the W.I.C. program in Greencastle, Indiana, as well as with the Hearty Heart program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Karen’s lifelong interest in working with children led her to complete a master’s degree in elementary education at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, Ky., while raising two daughters, Kelly (Moran) Kavasseri, of Fremont, Cali., and Kristin Moran of Dale with her husband Dr. Kenneth Moran of Dale.

Returning to Indiana, Karen pursued and completed a masters in library science at Indiana University, in 1997, before accepting the post of library director of Lincoln Heritage Public Library in Dale.  While library director, she instituted a variety of programs, including the monthly underground music program and expanded various outreach, senior, children’s, and Hispanic programs. She also saw the library through a major expansion and renovation before her retirement in 2008.

In addition to her immediate family, her older brothers, Ronald Green and his wife Carol of New Port Richey, Fla. and James Green and his wife of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and by two grandchildren, Tara and Raja Kavasseri, of Fremont, Cali.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Karen enjoyed reading, music of virtually every type, outdoor activities including canoeing and whitewater rafting, wildlife, and travel. While at Indiana University as an undergraduate, Karen applied to and completed training for the Peace Corp at Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, and was scheduled to serve in Bogota, South America, an assignment postponed but never forgotten when she chose to marry. Besides touring widely within the United States, she enjoyed vacations in Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland – climbing Heidi’s Alp while pursuing the heroine of one of her childhood novels.

Following an autopsy performed in conjunction with the Indiana University Medical School’s Alzheimer Disease Center program, Karen’s remains will be cremated, with later inurnment. There will be no public visitation or services. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research or Cancer research programs.


 

Robert J. Groce, 82 of Dale, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his home in Dale.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Jane Groce, a daughter Rena Martin and son Jim (Shari) Groce; grandchildren, Nicholas Martin, Jason and Geoffrey Groce; four sisters also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons Jeff and Joey.

A graveside service will be held at Garden of Memory Cemetery at a later date.

Fuller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


 

Deborah K. Braun, 58, of Chrisney, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at home.

She was born December 30, 1958, in Jasper to Howard and Frances (Davis) Braun. 

Deborah was a 1980 graduate of the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis; was a former nurse’s aide at the Huntingburg Convalescent Center; loved animals, especially cats and dogs; and was a Minnesota Vikings and Dubois Jeeps sports fan. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Margaret Hill.

Deborah is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Michael R. (Lori) Braun of Jasper, Billy Joe Braun of Jasper and Daryl (Carolyn) Braun of Rockport; one sister, Marlene Frank of Indianapolis; her partner, Kathy Valentine of Chrisney; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Deborah Braun will be held at 1:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads in Dubois, Indiana.  Pastor Mary Poston will officiate.

Friends may call for visitation at the church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday the day of the funeral. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 


 

Darin Atkins, 49, of Birdseye, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his residence.

He was born September 21, 1967, in Jasper, Indiana to Jack and Mary Lee (Lawrence) Atkins.

Darin was a former employee of Jasper Rubber Products.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Atkins, who passed away in 2008; and two daughters, Tiffany Leona Atkins and Brittany Rose Atkins, who both passed away in 2006.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Lee Atkins of Birdseye; his four-year-old daughter, Daisy Lee Atkins of Hillham; and one brother, David G. Atkins of Birdseye.

Funeral services for Darin Atkins will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye. Pastor Melvin Matthews 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. Monday the day of the funeral.  Memorial contributions can be made out to the funeral home to assist with burial expenses.


 

Leonard R. Brinkman, 75, Ferdinand, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Leonard was born June 28, 1942 in Ferdinand to Joseph and Augusta (Hackman) Brinkman. He married Rosie Schepers on June 26, 1965, in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Leonard was retired from Jasper Engines and Transmissions where he worked as a Quality Control Engineer for 46 years. Leonard served in the National Guard. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and genealogy. Leonard loved traveling to watch his grandchildren play sports.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Rosie of Ferdinand; two sons, Keith Brinkman of Newburgh and Ryan (Gretchen) Brinkman of Dubois; one daughter, Lori (Scott) Brosmer of Ferdinand; one brother, Wilfred Brinkman of Jasper; two sisters, Rose Hopf of Huntingburg and Irma (Danny) Borman of Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren, Brea, Beau, Briley, Brage, Pierce, Preston and Parker Brinkman, Zachary, Isaac and Elijah Brosmer.

Leonard was preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, Cletus and Francis Brinkman; one sister, Ann Marie Wagner and two grandsons, Blake and Brent Brinkman. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct Military Rights. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and also Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Catholic Church or Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center in Jasper


 

Mary D. Snyder, 89, of Huntingburg, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at home.

She was born November 6, 1927, in Sturgis, Michigan to Vernon and Esther (Bloomingdale) Wert; and married John L. Snyder on November 17, 1946, in Coldwater, Michigan.

Mary was a homemaker, a bird enthusiast – especially cardinals – and loved teaching Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Hile Wert.

Mary is survived by her husband, Rev. John L. Snyder of Huntingburg; three sons, Gerald (Nancy) Snyder of Waco, Texas, William Bruce (Karen) Snyder of Huntingburg and Michael (Dawkhmai) Snyder of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Betty Funk of Buchanan, Mich.; by seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mary Snyder will be held at 2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, July 31, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Justin Halder will officiate at the service.

Visitation will take place at Calvary Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday the day of the funeral. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements


 

Robert Eugene Hunt, 77, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:23 p.m., on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born January 17, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana to Oris and Evelyn (Wyne) Hunt and married Glenda A. Tull on June 22, 1979, in Crawfordsville.

Robert was a retired Indiana State Police trooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda A. Hunt of Huntingburg; daughters, Connie De La Cruz and Teresa Hughes both of Cloverdale; son, Randy Hunt of Putnamville; stepdaughter, Cassandra Cheatham of Greencastle; brother, Gary Dean Hunt of Philadelphia, Penn.; by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert Hunt will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.


Donna K. Braun, 69, of Haysville, passed away at 1:37 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on March 11, 1948, to Willard and Eloise (Wagner) Harder.

She married Kenneth Braun on July 31, 1965, at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2013.

Donna was a graduate of Dubois High School and was working at Woopenheimers Restaurant in Haysville. She previously had worked at MasterBrand for many years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and WELCA of Christ Church. She enjoyed traveling and going to the casinos.

She is survived by three daughters, Corinna Cox (Mike) of Loogootee, Lucinda Grimes (Brandon) of Loogootee and Cassy Foster (Cody) of Otwell; three sons, Norman Braun (Amy) of Petersburg, Kenny Braun (Lacey) of Loogootee and Jeremy Braun (Crystal) of Loogootee; companion, Paul James of Loogootee; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue Dorsam (Lowell) of Haysville, Mary Jo Emmens of Hillham and Sharon Kerns and companion Dwayne Roberts of Loogootee.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one son, Rodney Braun; one brother, Edward Harder; and one sister, Anna Jeanne Hellums.

Funeral services for Donna Braun will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville with burial to follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville, Indiana.  The Rev. Timothy Kraemer will officiate. Visitation is an hour before service at Christ Lutheran in Haysville the day of services for Donna Braun.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity.

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


 

Norma Eileen Atkins, 80, of Jasper, passed away at 10:10 p.m., on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at The Timbers of Jasper.

She was born March 20, 1937, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Earl and Clois (Wells) Coble.

Norma was a factory worker; member of New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye; and enjoyed playing cards.

She was preceded in death by five siblings, Leon, Kenny, Red and Wendell Coble, Nelma “Shorty” Partenheimer; and two grandsons, Shawn Howe and Daryl Jeffries.

Norma is survived by five children, Terry (Donna) Atkins of Huntingburg, Gary (Brenda) Atkins of Dubois, Sherry (Rick) Howe of Taswell, Lou Ann (Greg) Mangin of Otwell and Penny Atkins of Jasper; one brother, Martin Coble of Martinsville; by nineteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Norma Eileen Atkins will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and also from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, prior to the funeral.


 

Altha L. “Pat” Padgett, 96, of Indianapolis, formerly of Pike County, passed away July 14, 2017.

She was born April 14, 1921, in CameronTex. to Ola and Ada (Stutts) Pratt.

Altha enjoyed being a homemaker, working in her lawn, gardening, and getting together with friends and family. Her greatest enjoyment was fishing and catching the biggest fish, which she usually did.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clifton Padgett; parents, Ola and Ada Pratt; son, Wendell Padgett and granddaughter, Lori Padgett.

Altha is survived by her son, Lewis (Linda) Padgett; daughter, Debra Gazvoda; grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Parsons, Jeff (Denise) Padgett, Brandi (Kent) Russell-Eastwood, Rhett (Crystal) Russell, Ashley (Wesley) Ogden, Johnathan Gazvoda, Kate Gazvoda, Amber (Jason) Chittenden, Brian (Dawn) Moore and Christine (Tim) Stanfield; 22 great-grandchildren and sister in law, Joyce Drof.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Garden.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 7240 Chase Oaks Blvd., Plano, TX 75025 or Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., #100Indianapolis, IN46240.


 

Kathleen O’Connor, 70, of Jasper, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at home.

Kathleen was born in Port Jervis, NY on April 2, 1947, to George and Elizabeth (Bedell) Trautlein.

She enjoyed bowling and spending time with friends.

Surviving is her daughter, Heather O’Connor of Bedford; two grandchildren, Chloe O’Connor and Rex Evans; two sisters, Pat Crotty, Arizona, and Sally Joyce of Westtown, N.Y.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Mary Trautlein; and one brother, George Trautlein.

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


 

Rita J. Pagett, 84, of Jasper, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Evansville, Indiana on December 16, 1932 to George and Margaret (Schmitt) Summers. She married Ralph “Booty” Pagett on October 30, 1970, in Evansville. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2011.

She retired from Sten’s in Jasper where she had worked for several years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed playing cards and sewing.

She is survived by ony daughter, Darlene Wininger (Eddie) of Jasper; two grandchildren, Brent Wininger and NaKaiya Wininger

Funeral services for Rita J. Pagett will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Crystal Community Cemetery, Crystal, Indiana. Fr. Ray Brenner will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the funeral home.


 

Dodi L. Strange, 76, of Jasper, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at home.

Dodi was born in Martin County, Indiana on March 25, 1941, to Walter H. and Dorothy (Allen) Lents. She married Edward Strange Sr. on December 28, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1992.

She was a registered nurse who worked in long term healthcare compliance for over 25 years. Dodi enjoyed spending time with her family and genealogy.

Surviving are two daughters, Carla Nicholson and husband David of Edinburgh; Susan Lane and husband Lowell of Huntingburg; one son, Edward Strange Jr. of Jasper; one grandson who Dodi raised, Jeremy Trusty and wife Mallory of Newburgh; three granddaughters, Thea Trusty, Gabrielle Trusty, and Madelyn Lane; four great-grandchildren, one sister, Brenda Levrio and husband John of Lowell, Ind.; two brothers, Sonny Lents and wife Sandra of Ireland and Joe Lents of Boynton Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one sister, Dixie Vernon, and close family friend, Monsignor Carl Shetler.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dodi Strange was held at St. Martin Catholic Church in Loogootee, IN, with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Humane Society or Heart to Heart Hospice in Jasper.


 

Richard L. Steinhart, 88, of Jasper, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper.

He was born June 7, 1929, in Ireland, Indiana to George and Emma (Sermersheim) Steinhart.

Richard retired from the former Jasper Veneer Mills where he had worked for 37 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Richard enjoyed playing cards, Wii Bowling and Bingo. He was a great historian and loved talking to people especially in German

He is survived by his sister, Mary Jane Neuhoff of Jasper; nephews, Kenneth Neuhoff (Kathleen), John Neuhoff, Tom Neuhoff (Karen) and Harold Neuhoff Jr. (Brenda); nieces, Sue Schroeder (David), Debra Lueken (Timothy), Cindy Bredhold (Steve), Cheryl Hentrup (Kenny) and Mary Jo Begle (David); several great-nieces and -nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents is one sister, Betty Jean Steinhart; and a brother-in-law Harold Neuhoff Sr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Ireland, Indiana.

Friends may call from noon to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Rosary will be held at noon on Sunday at the funeral home.

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


 

Betty Mae Caldemeyer, 86, of Stendal, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born September 11, 1930, in Flat Rock, Ill., to James and Lorene (Preston) Blount. She married Norman F. Caldemeyer on August 30, 1952, in Stendal.

Betty was a homemaker, a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal and enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman F. Caldemeyer, who died August 14, 2015; one brother, James Blount, Jr.; and one sister, JoAnn Goodrum.

Betty is survived by eight children, Brenda (Jerry) Houchin, Sharon (Jim) Roettger, Gary (Karen) Caldemeyer, Rita (Mark) Williams and William (Jolene) Caldemeyer all of Stendal, Larry (Denise) Caldemeyer of Lynnville, Karen (Rodney) Dixon of Winslow and Kutina (Albert) Kline of Holland; four siblings, Jean Eckert of Birdseye, Carolyn Parks of Boonville, Jerry Blount of Velpen and Donald Blount of Stendal; by 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Betty Mae Caldemeyer will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Paul Cemetery located west of Stendal.  Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate at the services.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday the day of the funeral. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.


 

Theodore “Junie” Meyer, 84, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:10 p.m., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his home.

He was born October 26, 1932, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Theodore and Henrietta (Bockting) Meyer. He married Nancy C. Dearing at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1954.

Ted worked as a meat cutter for A&P, More-for-Less and the Huntingburg Meat Locker. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his brother, Rob Meyer; and his sister, Mary Ann Brosmer.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy C. Meyer of Huntingburg; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Michael Alan (Susan) Meyer of Jasper and Gregory Scott (Carol) Meyer of Ireland; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Kristi Jo (Robert) Veatch of Huntingburg and Melinda Kay (Don) Breitwieser of Jasper; his caregiver, Linda Wyman of Birdseye; by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Theodore “Junie” Meyer will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 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 Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.  A parish prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday evening, at the funeral home.


 

Linda Lee Katter Pavelka, 79, Huntington, formerly of Jasper, passed away July 12, 2017, t her home at Tipton Place.

She was born in Holland, Ind., July 2, 1938, to the late Raymond and Meta (Niehaus) Katter. She married Rev. John Pavelka on June 7, 1964, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.

Linda graduated from Holland High School and Oakland City College. She retired from teaching after 35 years. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church Women. She enjoyed directing musical programs, traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Maria (Scott) Chanley of Huntington and Rachel Pavelka of Terre Haute; granddaughter, Lauren (Daniel) Beer of Fort Wayne; sisters, Karen Dougan of Chrisney and Mary Ann McDevitt of Crawfordsville.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband Rev. John Pavelka.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on July 15, 2017, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Jasper with burial to follow in St. James Cemetery in Holland, Ind.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or to a favorite charity.


 

David J. Hawkins, 88, of Huntingburg, passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

He was born May 22, 1929, in Duff, Indiana to David T. and Myrtle (Bufkins) Hawkins. He married Christina J. Sullivan on August 4, 1951, in Jasper.

David was a factory worker and truck driver for D.M.I. He enjoyed deer hunting, spending time with his family, and helping out family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Randy L. Hawkins and David W. Hawkins; and his sister, Katherine Brenner.

He is survived by his wife, Christina J. Hawkins of Huntingburg; two daughters, Paula Braunecker of Ferdinand and Kathy Braunecker of Santa Claus; by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for David J. Hawkins will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday and also from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.


 

Ruth B. Knies, 86, of Celestine, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Ruth was born in Ireland, Indiana on August 26, 1930, to Joseph and Helena (Dupps) Jerger. She married Oscar Knies on April 22, 1952, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1999.

She was a homemaker and a member of  St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, and their St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a member of the Celestine Community Club.

She was a woman of very strong faith and enjoyed praying the rosary. She also enjoyed playing cards, reading, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, caregiver Mary Knies of Celestine and Dr. Gina Riecker (Bryan) of Celestine; five sons, Duane Knies (Tami), Roger Knies (Deb ), Kevin Knies (Sherrie), Dale Knies (Robin) and Kelly Knies (Jody), all of Celestine; 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Jerger (Mary Ann) of Ireland.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were five sisters, Alice Hochgesang, Joan Glendening, Helen Jerger, Mary Ann Haas, Mildred Beckman, and three brothers, Harold, John, and Charles Jerger.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth B. Knies will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish St. Anne’s Sodality will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Parish or a favorite charity.


 

Brooks Brubeck, 84, of Birdseye, passed away July 5, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Brooks was born on August 18, 1932, to Cecil and Alma (Deich) Brubeck in Orange County.

Brooks was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He is a member of the Wickliffe United Methodist Church and the Newton Stewart Masonic Lodge 432.

He loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed helping others. He also loved to travel and read. Brooks will be missed.

Preceded Brooks in death are his parents.

Surviving family is wife of 65 years, Demona (Eckerty) Brubeck; sons Robert (Sharon) Brubeck of Findlay, Ohio, Alan (Chrystal) Brubeck of Aberdeen, Ohio, Bruce (Angie) Brubeck of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ronald Brubeck of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law, Julie Brubeck of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Shanna (Steve) Krieger of Indianapolis, Robbie (Amber) Brubeck of Indianapolis, Sarah Brubeck of Boston, Massachusetts, John Brubeck of Findlay, Ohio, and Shelby Brubeck of Indianapolis; great-grandchild Brooks Brubeck; and brother-in-law Jim (Sue) Eckerty of Wickliffe. 

Cremation was chosen with a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements provided by Denbo Funeral Home of English.


 

Kay Ann Hartke, 63, of Stendal, passed away at 12:25 p.m. CDT Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Deaconess V.N.A. Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville.

She was born May 7, 1954, in Huntingburg, to Alva and Joan (Balsmeyer) Leistner and was united in marriage to Dordon “Duke” Hartke on January 22, 1977, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Kay worked as a licensed practical nurse and was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Stendal. She was active in the Pike County 4-H Club and Lockhart Township Community Center and enjoyed helping family and friends whenever possible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dordon “Duke” Hartke, on January 9, 2007; her father, Alva Leistner; and grandparents.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle (Eric) Conway of Stendal; her son, Brandon Hartke of Stendal; her mother, Joan Leistner of Holland; her mother-in-law, Mary Louise Hartke of Stendal; three brothers and three sisters-in-law, Richard (Charlene) Leistner of Huntingburg, Ronnie (Carol) Leistner of Holland and Randy (Bobbie) Leistner of Holland; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Karen (Mark) Lubbehusen of Dale, Connie (Mike) Overbey of Holland and Susie (Rich) Peter of Huntingburg;three grandchildren, Avarie, Carson and Emory; and by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Kay Ann Hartke will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Stendal with burial to follow at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery.  Pastor Ed Wicks 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. Friday and also at church from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday before the funeral.


 

Robert L. Beard Jr., 76, of Jasper, passed away at 9:42 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Bob was born in Jasper on April 9, 1941, to Robert L. Sr. and Sally (Beckman) Beard.

He retired from Kimball Hospitality after 40 plus years of service. He enjoyed fishing and racing.

He is survived by his son, Randy L. Beard and wife Stacy of Jasper; five grandchildren; one sister, Eileen Musgrave (Jerry), Jasper, and one brother, Rick Beard (Darlene), Texas.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Ronnie Beard.

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


 

Shirley Ann Pfaff, 80, of Huntingburg, passed away at12:27 p.m., on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born September 9, 1936, in Huntingburg to Odie Y. and Edith E. (Hawkins) Underwood. Shirley was united in marriage to Vincent Pfaff on April 14, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Shirley was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Best Chairs. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoyed family gatherings, going fishing and outings to the casino.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Pfaff, who passed away February 6, 1999; five brothers, Gene, Garrett and Donald Underwood and two brothers who died in infancy; four sisters, Delores Hegge, Mildred Schaeffer, Pence Layton and Marjorie Radtke; and one great-granddaughter.

Shirley is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Terry (Rosanna) Pfaff of Ferdinand and Jeff (Linda) Pfaff of Huntingburg; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen (Greg) Qualters of Eckerty and Anita (Kent) Besaw of Jasper;  two sisters, Myrna Vance of Iowa and Joan Pritt of Velpen; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Pfaff will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 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 Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or a favorite charity.


 

James H. “Jim” Willis, 76, of Ferdinand, passed away after a short illness Sunday, July 9, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky.

James was born September 11, 1940, in North Hampton, Mass., to Warren Sr. and Phyllis (Stone) Willis. He married Faye Joanne Silberg on March 31, 1962, in Massachusetts.

James was a retired forester from DMI Furniture and Etienne’s Timber Harvest. He received the logger of the year in 1995. He enjoyed fishing and reading. He was a former Jaycee State Senator and vice-president. He was a former cub scout leader. James received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Faye Joanne Willis; two sons, Mike (Angie) Willis of Rossville and Mark Willis (fiance’ Carol) of Sturbridge, Mass.; one daughter, Mary Willis of Fort Wright, Ky.; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Nancy) Willis of Chelmsford, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Warren Willis Jr.

Celebration of life services will be held at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. Disposition of cremains will be at a later date.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank, The Crisis Connection or a favorite charity.


 

Joseph A. Huber, 85, formerly of Piedmont, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Jasper.

He was born in Campbell, Missouri, on May 22, 1932, the son of Adam Huber and Rhondia (Wineman) Huber.

Joe joined the U.S. Army on December 28, 1951. He was a military police officer in Munich, Germany, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal on December 5, 1953. He retired from AT&T in Indianapolis in 1985 and moved to Piedmont, Missouri, where he lived in the Black River Retreat community. After the flood of 2008, he returned to Indiana. He enjoyed smoking his pipe, gardening and his flowers.

He was married to Mary Katherine Goeppner August 13, 1995, and she passed away June 21, 2011. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Adam and Rhondia Huber; one brother, Edward Huber; and three half-sisters, Thelma Alarcon, Delphi McKinley and Mattieline Goeppner.

Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer Huber of Tampa, Fla.; six stepdaughters; four stepsons; several nieces and nephews, including his caregivers in Jasper, Cletus and Rita Goeppner.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at the Qulin Cemetery in Qulin, Missouri. Military honors will be given by the U.S. Army and the Missouri Honor Guard.

Services are under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, Missouri


 

Mark J. Berg, 62, of Jasper, passed away at 11:00 a.m.on Monday, July 10, 2017, at his home in Jasper after a short illness.

Mark was born in Jasper, Indiana on February 9, 1955 to James R. and Bettye J. (Pfau) Berg.

He retired from Kimball Hospitality in Jasper. He was an avid fisherman and movie buff, enjoyed grilling, and was a Kentucky basketball fan.

Surviving is his father, James R. Berg of Jasper; three sisters, Shelley Otto (Jeryl Luegers) of Jasper, Lisa Siebert  (John) of Jasper, Melanie “Mem” Berg (Maureen McCune) of Greenwood; two brothers, Mike Berg of Island Lake, Ill. and Marty Berg (Joey Mateo) of San Francisco, Cali.; nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Bettye Berg.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mark J. Berg  will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper at a later date.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.


 

Charles Edward “Ed” Kerns, 76, of Washington, passed away at 5:42 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Eastgate Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in Paoli on June 11, 1941, to Floyd and Pauline (Elrod) Kerns.

He attended Jasper High School and was a United States Army veteran. He retired from the Moose Lodge and then went on to work for Med Express. He enjoyed playing pool and spending time with his nieces, nephews and his “baby” dog Bella. Charles was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Mary R. (Kane) Kerns, whom he married June 19, 1965; brother, Bob (Barb) Kerns of Cincinnati, Ohio; five sisters, Shirley (Harry) Megner of Bloomington, Sue (Clyde) Nicholson of Jasper, Sandy (Terry) Heeke of Dubois, Tami (Duane) Knies of Celestine and Sharon Peoples of Shoals; Godchildren, Scott Martin and Abbi Knepp; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother when he was four years old and he was then raised by his father and Leona Kerns and they have preceded him in death; daughter, Michelle Kerns; two brothers, Richard Kerns and David Kerns; sister, Phyllis Keller

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m.on Monday at Ed Lee Mortuary with Yvonne Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Sugarland Memory Gardens with military graveside rites by the Washington American Legion and VFW.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Ed Lee Mortuary.



Rita J. Pagett, 84, of Jasper, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Evansville, Indiana on December 16, 1932 to George and Margaret (Schmitt) Summers. She married Ralph “Booty” Pagett on October 30, 1970, in Evansville. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2011.

She retired from Sten’s in Jasper where she had worked for several years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed playing cards and sewing.

She is survived by ony daughter, Darlene Wininger (Eddie) of Jasper; two grandchildren, Brent Wininger and NaKaiya Wininger

Funeral services for Rita J. Pagett will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Crystal Community Cemetery, Crystal, Indiana. Fr. Ray Brenner will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the funeral home.




Bradley Kent Huebner, 53, of Loogootee, joined with his Heavenly angels on July 6, 2017 at his home after a lengthy illness with Down Syndrome complicated by Eisenmenger’s Syndrome.

He was born September 19, 1963 in Washington, Indiana to Gerald and Maxine (Arvin) Huebner.

Brad attended Rosemary Kennedy School in Washington; Hillcrest School in Vincennes; and received a graduate certificate from Lena Dunn School in Washington. He was an avid NASCAR and Indy Race fan and was devoted to the “Duke of Hazards” having met seven cast members from the show. He loved watching movies and his Dukes of Hazards cars.

Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Hazel (Cochran) Huebner and Cletus and Blanche (Collins) Arvin; several aunts and uncles.

Those surviving who will cherish Brad’s memory include his parents, Gerald and Maxine (Arvin) Huebner; brother, Morgan (Nancy) Huebner; sister, Shelly (Dale) Fields; niece, Deedra Fields; nephew, Jeremy Huebner, all of Loogootee; nephew, Eric Huebner of Washington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, at Blake Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Loogootee Fire Department.


 

Ronnie Wesley Brown, 70, of Velpen, passed away at 1:43 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born February 20, 1947, in Burns City, Indiana to Lyle and Jonell (Christmas) Brown.

Ronnie worked as a coal miner for Amax Coal. He enjoyed horseback riding, fishing and hunting.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Yvonne (maiden: Nolan) Brown of Velpen; daughter, Gloria Jo Clements of Velpen; son, Wesley J. Brown of Velpen; sister, Debbie Jo Morris of Evansville; four grandchildren, Lucas, Blake and Austin Clements, and Hunter Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron Clements and Daisy Cruze.

Graveside services for Ronnie Brown will be held at 1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Reverend Joe Henson will officiate at the graveside service.


 

Dean E. Schuler, 60, of Moody, Ala., formerly of Jasper, passed away surrounded by family and friends Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

Dean was born July 30, 1956, in Huntingburg to Louis F. and Bonnie H. (Andry) Schuler. He married Beth Chapman on May 23, 1996, in Jasper.

Dean was a group leader at Hubble Power Systems in Alabama. He enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, grilling, making deer summer sausage and spending time with his family and friends.

Dean was an organ donor through the Indiana Organ Procurement Association.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Schuler; two daughters, Stacey Allen of Vincennes and Kayla Schuler-Best of French Lick; one brother, Roger (Kathy) Schuler of Deatsville, Ala.; and one sister, Mary Sue “Suzy” Hollis of Clarksville. His mother-in-law, Minnie Guthrie of Campbellsburg; brother-in-law, Don “Fred” Chapman of Jasper; father-in-law, William “Bill” Chapman of Peterson, Ala.; and 15 nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Anna Louisa Schuler; and step-father-in-law, Floyd Guthrie.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Deacon James King and Todd Maki will officiate. Scattering of cremains will take place at a later date.

Friends may call at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand after 2 p.m. Thursday.


 

Linda L. Tedrow, 75, of Loogootee, passed away at 2:50 p.m. July 3, 2017, at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born August 29, 1941, in Concord, Ohio, to the late Carl McDaniel and Betty Spears.

Linda was a member of the Shoals Christian Church, Jasper Moose Lodge, Fraternal Order of the Eagles and Loogootee American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl McDaniel and Betty (George) Spears; siblings, Max McDaniel, infant Sandy Spears and Carl “Buddy” McDaniel; son-in-law, Tony Waldrip.

Linda is survived by her children, Cheryl Waldrip of Loogootee and Dan (Jodi) Tedrow of South Dakota; grandchildren, Amy (Pete) Seifried, Tricia Padgett, Daniel Tedrow III, Brooke Moore and Zack Moore; great-grandchildren, Dakota and Bella; siblings, Wanda (David) Stone of Shoals, George (Lana) Spears and Karlas (Sandy) Spears, both of Bedford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.


 

Phyllis C. Boeglin, 78, of Santa Claus, passed away at 8:38 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Phyllis was born in Evansville, on July 10, 1938, to Samuel R. and Lillian (Angermeier) Cutteridge. She married Leo H. Boeglin on August 23, 1958, in St. James Catholic Church in Haubstadt, Indiana.

Phyllis retired from the Abbey Press in St. Meinrad, Indiana. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, the Jasper German Club and Psi Iota Psi. She enjoyed cards, especially Bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, crafting, sewing, shopping and collecting.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Leo H. Boeglin of Santa Claus; one daughter, Patricia Boeglin of Evansville; two sons, Edward Boeglin and his wife Shelly of Huntingburg, David Boeglin and his wife Mary Sue of Jasper; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jo Barrett of Evansville; one brother, Samuel Cutteridge and his wife Susie of Eddyville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews; one aunt, Marge Hassler of Evansville.

Preceding her in death are one sister, Sharon Schmitt; one brother-in-law, David Barrett; and one grandson, Ted Boeglin.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis C. Boeglin will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at St. Henry Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, Indiana.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 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 St. Henry Catholic Church, Dubois County 4-H, or to the Jasper Kiwanis.


 

Diane M. Knies, 73, of Schnellville, Indiana, passed away at 7:40 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Diane was born in Schnellville on October 27, 1943 to Hilbert and Antionette (Prechtel) Knies.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Campus. Diane loved playing bingo, and listening to classic country music, with Kitty Wells being her favorite. She loved greeting everyone with a smile and taught by example, showing unconditional love and forgiveness to everyone she met.

She is survived by two sisters, Janice (James) Erny of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Marilyn (Gerald) Allen of Milan, Ind.; two brothers, Steve (Mary) Knies of Boonville and Lonnie Knies of Owensboro; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Erny Wood of Lafayette, Kevin (Catherine) Erny of Jefferson City, Mo., Kristin Erny (Mike) Meyer of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Karmin Erny (Glen) Goeppner of Ireland, Jeff (Bobbi) Allen of Maineville, Ohio, Jason Allen of St. Pete Beach, Fla., Zachary (Angie) Knies of Boonville and Travis Knies of Boonville; one uncle, Ernest Prechtel of Birdseye; one aunt, Lauretta Prechtel of Santa Claus, 24 great-nieces and nephews; eight great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Hilbert and Antionette Knies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Diane M. Knies will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Cemetery.


 

Helen B. Grewe, 92, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born January 17, 1925, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Albert and Hulda (Feldmeyer) Brunsman.

Helen was united in marriage to Richard Leo “Dick” Grewe on October 11, 1947, at Salem Church in Huntingburg. Helen worked as a bank teller for the First National Bank in Huntingburg; was a member of Salem United Church of Christ where she sang in the choir for 76 years; the Huntingburg Music Club since 1948; the V.F.W. Post #2366 Auxiliary; the Celebration Singers and the former St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and enjoyed volunteering at Shared Abundance.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Leo “Dick” Grewe, who passed away on November 23, 2003; and her daughter, Linda Grewe Hamilton, who passed away in 1988.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Grewe of Evansville; cousin, Norma Jean Trent, who she considered her sister; her “buddies in crime” and “daughters”, Phyllis Feldmeyer and Sue Meyer; her Godson, Matt Julian and “nieces” Missy Tarantino and Elizabeth Fortuna; nieces, Elizabeth Walter Alberding and Barbara Hopkins Swavley; nephews, James A. Hopkins and John R. Walter.

Funeral services for Helen B. Grewe will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Mark West will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, and also at Salem United Church of Christ one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday morning. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem United Church of Christ, the Huntingburg Music Club’s scholarship fund or the Erin Julian Memorial Endowment c/o Dubois County Community Foundation.


 

Bonnie Jean Schwartz passed away on June 27, 2017, at her home in Buxton, Maine.

She was born December 20, 1923, in Champaign County, Ill., the daughter of Bessie Streamer Endicott and William Arnold Harley Endicott.

Bonnie grew up in Mt. Carmel, IL, graduating from Mt. Carmel High School in 1941, majoring in business. She participated in many activities, including the yearbook staff, drum majorette with the marching band, and cheerleading. After graduation, she worked in the business field for Faultless Castor Corporation in Evansville and the Arthur Murray Dance Studio after training to be an instructor. Dancing was her passion, and that was where she met her future husband, Stanley Edgar Schwartz of Huntingburg. Stan was instructed by his doctor to find something stress-relieving to do after coming home from World War II. Bonnie married Stan on January 7, 1952. Their first daughter, Susan Elaine, arrived in November 1952, and they eventually made their home in Huntingburg.

Bonnie continued working in the business field as a bookkeeper for John N. Martin P.A. and also gave dance lessons locally. Her second daughter, Sherri Lynn, was born in November 1958. She continued working for The Martin Group, as a Real Estate Property Manager, until retiring in August 2004 at the age of 76. Bonnie was a member of Salem UCC. She was a member and past president of VFW Auxiliary #2366, and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Huntingburg.

After her retirement, she spent time making great use of the Arnold Habig Center in Jasper participating in exercise therapy classes, bingo, and many other social activities. She was also a member of the Singing Seniors, who traveled to local nursing homes to bring smiles to other senior citizens. Bonnie was a lifelong bridge player, and she met others at the Habig Center who also loved to play. They played bridge on a regular basis.

In 2011, she moved to Maine to live with her daughter and family. Despite her declining health, Bonnie tried to look at life with a positive attitude. She enjoyed nature, especially songbirds and flower gardens. She also loved animals and had a soft spot in her heart for all the dogs that were part of her life over the years. Bonnie enjoyed playing word games and cards, and she spent many hours doing puzzles.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Chet Bradbury of Buxton, Maine.; granddaughter and her husband, Sarah and Andrew Ward; and great-granddaughters, Alexis and Hannah Ward, also of Buxton, Maine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, in 1987 and her daughter Sherri, in 2002.

Funeral services for Bonnie will be held at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 7th, during which a vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation will also be held the day of the service from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8th, followed by a celebration of her life at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  Pastor Mark West will officiate at the services.

The family wishes to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to her caregivers from VNA Home Health Hospice and to Barb from In Home Senior.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem UCC music ministry.


 

Agnes A. Kreilein, 84, Jasper, passed away at 8:52 p.m.on Friday, June 30, 2017, at her home in Jasper.

Agnes was born in Mariah Hill on March 28, 1933, to Anton and Mary (Jochim) Hufnagel. She married Alfred Kreilein on April 25, 1959, in Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill.

Agnes worked at General Electric for many years and then in Wal-Mart in Jasper for 30 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

Surviving are her husband Alfred Kreilein of Jasper; one son, Alan Kreilein of Jasper; one daughter, Jacinta Willis of Evansville; two grandchildren, Trevor and Tyler Willis of Evansville; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Sanae, and Berkley Willis of Evansville.

Preceding her in death are two brothers, Linus and Otto Hufnagel

Funeral services for Agnes A. Kreilein will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph’s Parish will pray a rosary at 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


 

Jeffrey Donald Opel, 60, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:15 a.m., on Monday, June 26, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

He was born November 27, 1956, in Jasper, to Virgil E. and Margaret A. (Stratman) Opel.

Jeffrey worked at the Jasper Desk Company. He was united in marriage to Joan J. Hubster on August 19, 1989, at Land-O-Lakes, Fla. She preceded him in death on December 25, 2015.

Mr. Opel is survived by one son, Daniel Lee Doty of Jasper; siblings include, John Opel, Joe Opel, Steve Opel, Mary Furis, Connie Opel, Ronald Opel and Thomas Opel.

Graveside committal services for Jeffrey Opel will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Mayo Cemetery near Duff.

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


 

Thomas E. Renner, 60, of Jasper, passed away at 12:17 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Tom was born in Jasper, Indiana, on June 26, 1957, to Donald and Silvera (Ackerman) Renner.  He married Vienna Voegerl on February 22, 1992, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

He was a member of the  Jasper High School Class of 1975. He worked at Jasper Engines for almost 40 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Surviving are his wife, Vienna Renner of Jasper; two daughters, Adrienne Renner of Evansville and Ashley Renner of Jasper; his parents, Donald and Silvera Renner of Jasper; three sisters, Ann O’Connor, and her husband Scott of Fishers, Mary Voegerl and her husband Randy of Jasper and Joan Carter and her husband Jerrod of Zionsville; two brothers, Fr. Frank Renner of Petersburg and Charlie Renner of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Thomas E. Renner will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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


 

Friedegard Anita Mollette, 77, of Grandview, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at her home.

She was born March 24, 1940, in Plauen, East Germany to Max and Anna (Tauscher) Uhlmann.

She was a retired grocery store produce manager for More-For-Less; a member of Zoar United Methodist Church; and enjoyed camping, reading, sewing, needlework and being able to help those around her.

Friedegard was preceded in death by her husband, James Ronnie Mollette, who died in Vietnam on April 29, 1966; and by brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Terry Mollette of Petersburg and Max (Lauren) Mollette of Grandview; three granddaughters, Krystal Mollette, Amber Barr and Whitney Patterson; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Friedegard Anita Mollette will be held at 1:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper.  Brother Jason Denton will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted with Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.


 

Walter E. “Junior” Weisman, 72, of Haysville, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 201, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Junior was born in Huntingburg on January 8, 1945, to Walter J. and Olive (Woodall) Weisman. He married Jeanne Stone on February 29, 1972 in New Harmony.

Junior retired as a telephone lineman from GTE Telephone Company in Jasper and was a lifelong farmer in the Haysville area. After retirement, he drove a semi-trailer for Jasper Leasing and worked delivery for the Sears store in Jasper. He was a member of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years and also served as an EMT for Memorial Hospital for eight years.  He was a graduate of the Dubois High School Class of 1963 and a member of Jasper Outdoor Recreation and served on the Dubois Water Board.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and going to the French Lick Casino.

He is survived by his his wife, Jeanne Weisman of Haysville; one daughter, Carrie Vonderheide (Eric) of Haysville; one son, Daniel Weisman (Lisa) of Otwell; five grandchildren, Jasmine, Tyler, Darsey, and Anderson Vonderheide and Aubrey Weisman.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Harold and Herbert Weisman.

Funeral Services for Walter E. “Junior” Weisman will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in the McClure Cemetery in Algiers.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


 

Margaret Ann Leistner, 82, of Dubois, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Margaret was born in Jasper on February 2, 1935, to Oscar and Frieda (Baer) Sendelweck. She married Melvin W. Leistner on April 24, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2016.

Margaret worked as a bookkeeper for over 35 years for Melvin Leistner Trucking, Roger Knies Trucking, and Tri-State Live Haul.  She was also Avon representative for over 40 years. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois where she served as a past treasurer for the church council. She was on the Dubois Centennial Committee and the Dubois County Contractual Library Board.

Surviving are, two daughters, Gail Leistner of Jasper, Karen Lechner and her husband Tim of Jasper; one son, Keith Leistner and his wife Chrisy of Whiteland, Ind.; four grandchildren, Eric Lechner and his fiancé Nathalie Buse, Kaitlyn Leistner, Jacob and Joseph Leistner, one great-granddaughter, Kylie Fleck, three sisters, Marie Freyberger of Ireland, Ruth Weisheit of Ireland and Linda Dudine and her husband Don of Magnet, Ind.; one brother, Delbert Sendelweck and his wife Patricia of Portersville, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Marie Leistner of Evansville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are three brother-in-laws, Gerald Leistner, Rich Freyberger, and Kap Weisheit.

Funeral services for Margaret Ann Leistner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Pastor John Sterrett will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s UCC.


 

Karen A. “Matty” Murray, 69, of Jasper, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Deaconess Gateway in Evansville.

Matty was born in Jasper on November 5, 1947, to Ernie and Jean (Gootee) Matheis. She married Harold Murray on March 31, 1973, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

She was a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School. She then received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Indiana State University. She was a teacher at Holy Family School in Jasper and retired from there after teaching for 35 years. Matty was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed painting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She was also a dog lover.

Surviving are her husband, Harold Murray of Jasper; two sons, Kevin Murray of Charlotte, N.C., Luke Murray of Otwell; one granddaughter, Casie Murray of Charlotte, N.C.; three sisters, Chris Marple and her husband Steve of Armona, Cali., Cathne Brown of Evansville and Lori Kunkel and her husband Dave of Jasper; two brothers, Larry Matheis and his wife June of Newburgh and Pat Matheis,and his wife Debbie of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents and one nephew, her godchild, Brian Matheis.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Karen A. “Matty” Murray will be held at 11:00 a.m. onWednesday, June 28, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. A rosary will be prayed by St. Joseph’s Parish at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


 

Mary Virginia Steltenpohl, 89, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Mary was born February 10, 1928, in Mariah Hill to Albert “Shorty” and Verena (Gogel) Wirthwein. She married Ralph “Roxie” J. Steltenpohl on June 3, 1947, in Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill. Ralph preceded her in death on September 22, 1997.

Mary was a daycare provider who truly loved spending time with children. She enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting, bird-watching and watching game shows.

Mary is survived by two sons, Joseph Steltenpohl and Glen (Anja) Steltenpohl all of Ferdinand; one daughter, Diane (James) King of Ferdinand; three sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Hoffman of Ann Arbor, MI., Rosie (Dan) Hauser of Schnellville and Vera Lee (Dick) Zingraf of Fishers; one brother, Michael (Patty) Wirthein of Grandview; two grandchildren, Megan King of Ferdinand and Crystal Steltenpohl of Chicago.

Mary was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Wirthwein and a grandson, Ian King.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.


 

Russell Herbert Grant, 88, of Santa Claus, passed away at 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Russell was born in Plainfield, N.J., on September 7, 1928, to Andrew H. and Rosella M. (Chickering) Grant. He married Martha Ann “Marty” Koch on October 16, 1976, in Vincennes, IN.

Russell was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and worked as a field engineer for Cincinnati Milacron. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish – St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Santa Claus and the Santa Claus American Legion. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Martha Ann “Marty” Grant of Santa Claus; stepchildren; grandchildren; great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three children and one sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Russell Herbert Grant will be held at 11:00 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 24, 2017, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Santa Claus with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Santa Claus American Legion will perform military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. CDT service time at the church on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,  or to a favorite charity.


 

Major (Ret.) Gary Robert Riester, passed away at 12:10 on the morning of June 7, 2017, at West Florida Hospital.

Gary was born on February 8, 1944, in Huntingburg to Ralph and Louise Riester (Gerkin). He had five older sisters whom he adored: Martha, Kay, Mertz, Shirley, and Jannette.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 7, 1966, and was commissioned as an artillery officer on August 14, 1967, but his love for aviation led him to U.S. Army Flight Training where he qualified in the CH-47A Chinook. Gary rode this machine into combat in South Vietnam from 1968-1969 with the 243rd Assault Support Helicopter Company, “Freight Train” where he served as a pilot and maintenance officer. He flew more than 240 combat hours and earned numerous awards and commendations including the Bronze Star, 10 Air Medals, and two Army Commendation Medals including one with “V” device. Following his service in Vietnam, in 1970, he met and married his beloved wife, Mary Lou Swinehart. He continued to fly CH-47s and UH-1s until he separated from the Army in 1978 and started working as an engineer at Bell Helicopter.

Gary was an extremely skilled aviator with exceptional mechanical prowess. He was a man of infinite jest and an immense love for music. He was a devout Christian, a cherished husband, and a loving father who would sacrifice anything for his family. He is, and will forever be, an American Hero.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Louise; and sisters Janette and Shirley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; and his children, Missy, Gerad, Justin and Robbin.

Visitation will be from  5 to 7 p.m. on July 2 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 161 Racetrack, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. on July 3 at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.


 

Louis F. “Louie” Lueken, 92, of Celestine, passed away at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Louie was born in Schnellville, Indiana on May 4, 1925, to Leo and Bertha (Miller) Lueken. He married Irene Humbert on April 7, 1951, in St. Celestine Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2005.

Louie was a U.S. Army  Veteran who served in World War II. He was a member of the Jasper VFW Post #673. He was a retired poultry farmer who worked for Ralph Seger Farms most of his life and also worked for Jasper Wood Products. He was a former member of the Marion Township Advisory Board and was one of the first members of the Dubois Fire Department Advisory Board.

He was a member of St. Isidore Parish- St. Celestine Campus, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Celestine Community Club, the Schnellville  Conservation Club, and the Friends of the Dubois Library.

He enjoyed playing cards and riding 4-wheelers as well as the Gator ATV on his farm.

Surviving are two daughters, Marlene Vonderheide (Rick) of Celestine and Beth Humbert (Jim) of Dubois; three sons, Randy “Sonny” Lueken (Linda) of Celestine, Glenn “Jake” Lueken (Melinda) of Dubois and Mark Lueken of Celestine; seven grandchildren;, eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Lueken (Aileen) of Celestine; four sisters, Theresa Ernst of Ferdinand, Marie Dall (Robert) of Ferdinand, Dorothy Bachman (Eugene) of Jasper and Janice Hurst . of Huntingburg.

Preceding him in death was one brother Ralph Lueken, three sisters, Rosemary Lueken who died in infancy and Eileen Schuler and Rosalee Scherle; and one Grandson, USMC Eric Lueken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity.


 

Dane G. Dougan, 90, of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

He was born March 16, 1927, in Selvin, Indiana to Glenn and Mary (Windels) Dougan.

Dane was a graduate of Dale High School and was united in marriage to Evelyn Hemmer on August 26, 1950. He was a highway engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation and a farmer. Dane was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church; Dubois County 4-H Council and Extension Board during the development of the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. He was also a 4-H leader for 40 years. He was the Holland Church Softball League founding president. He loved breeding and showing animals, especially Angus cattle, Katahdin sheep, Boer goats, chickens and pigeons. He showed pigeons at the Kentucky State Fair for 46 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Dougan, who died November 11, 2010; and his special friend, Ruth Lehmkuhl, who died April 11, 2014.

Dane is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gary (Jan) Dougan of Huntingburg and Bruce Dougan of Fontana, Cali.; four grandchildren, Alison (Justin) Walton of Indianapolis, Christine (Korey) Carter of Washington, D.C., Nathan Dougan of Cincinnati, Ohio and Lindsay Dougan of Fontana, Cali.; and by two great-grandsons, James and Evan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Holland United Methodist Church in Holland with burial to follow in the Holland United Methodist Cemetery. Reverends Keith Chanley and Jack Pollock will officiate the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and also at the Church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


 

Mona Lee Brewster, 66, passed away at 1:44 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at her home in Birdseye, Indiana.

Mona was born in Evansville on September 18, 1950 to Kenneth and Virginia Marshall.  She married Steven on August 29, 1976.

Mona worked most recently at Carson’s as a cosmetics salesperson. She enjoyed horses and gardening.

Surviving are her husband, Steven Brewster of Birdseye; one brother, Tom Davis of Evansville; one sister, Kim Pinaire of Evansville; five nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

There will be no service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Humane Society.


 

Betty A. Conway, 84, of Floyds Knobs, passed away at 9:03 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her residence.

She was born March 19, 1933, in Selvin, Indiana to Hilbert and Alberta Dixie (Bright) Allen; and was married to W. Fred Conway, Sr. on June 16, 1953, in Washington, D.C.

She formerly worked as a secretary at the Pentagon for the naval admiralty; was a full-time editor of Discipleship books and materials; and was co-founder and bookkeeper of Conway Enterprises.  Betty was a member of Christ Gospel Churches International, Inc., was a church choir accompanist, and enjoyed interior decorating and photographing sunsets and butterflies.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Fred Conway, Sr., who died September 13, 1999; and three half-siblings, George Allen, Claire Allen Bruder and LaVerne Allen.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Rick (Jan) Conway of Sellersburg and Allen (Suzanne) Conway of Floyds Knobs; one daughter and son-in-law, Wini (Sol) Arledge of Floyds Knobs; two sisters, Shirley Ashby of Floyds Knobs and Doris Willis of Fort Wayne; by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral services for Betty A. Conway were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg followed by entombment in the family mausoleum at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.  The Reverend Berniece R. Hicks officiated at the services.


 

Mary Ruth McCune, 76, of Jasper, passed away at 11:09 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at her home in Jasper after a short illness from pancreatic cancer.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 5, 1940 to Leo J. and Margaret (Borho) Brelage. She married Max  McCune on September 3, 1960, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary Ruth was a homemaker and  a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her husband, Max McCune; three daughters, Michele Rose (Brian) of Jasper, Maureen McCune (Melanie Berg) of Greenwood and Christy Sadri of Indianapolis; three sons, Rod McCune (John Michael Flate) of Highland Lakes , N.J., Zach McCune (Jill) of Jasper and Patrick McCune (Stacy) of Plainfield, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Clayton, Neil and Jake Rose, Mina Sadri, Hayden, Hunter and Hudson McCune, Carsen, Logan and Holden McCune; two sisters, Sue Ann Klein of San Luis Obispo, Cali. and Nancy Teder (Vic) of Jasper; one brother, Lee Brelage (Annette) of  Jasper.

Preceding her in death was one granddaughter Merris McCune.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m. by the D of I’s at the funeral home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.


 

Angela “Angie” M. Kippenbrock, 60, Evansville, passed away at home on June 15, 2017, surrounded by family.

Angie was born on March 4, 1957, in Jasper. She was the third child of Adam J. and Virginia R. (Berry) Bishop.

Angie was a devoted Catholic Christian and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Throughout her career from Customer Service at Kimball International in Jasper in the 1980s, Medical Transcriptionist at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis in the 1990s to most recently being a team member of the Primary Source Team at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Evansville, she was always known by co-workers as a dedicated and hardworking team member that was looked to as someone to get things done.

While Angie enjoyed reading and had a number of hobbies, her life centered on her faith in the Lord and being of service to others. For a number of years until very recently she had been a Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister at the parishes where she worshiped. While living in Indianapolis from 1988 to 2002 she was active with the Central Indiana Cursillo Community serving on a number of teams including one as Coordinator and a term as Pre-Cursillo on the Secretariat, member of CHRP teams and Small Faith Communities at St. Monica Parish. At St. John’s Evangelist Parish-Daylight she is a member and past officer of the CDA — Catholic Daughters of America Court and an active supporter of the Adoration Chapel. At St. Mary’s Hospital Angie was active with the Prayer Shawl and NODA — No One Dies Alone Ministries.

In recent years Angie has been blessed taking great pride and receiving tremendous joy in being Kinsley’s grandmother, a role she greatly cherished.

She was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Jessica Rachael, as an infant; parents, Adam and Virginia Bishop; brother, Tony; father-in-law, Hubert Kippenbrock; and sister-in-law, Janice Jurisich.

Angie is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, John; sons Neil and Jacob, both of Evansville; granddaughter, Kinsley; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Steve Schuler of Eugene, Oregon; brother, Bill “Bub” Bishop of Eugene, Oregon; nieces, Kim Cameron and husband Joe and Christa Carter and husband Josh of Oregon; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Kippenbrock of Jasper; sisters-in-law Connie Deck and husband Bob of Roswell, Georgia, Judy Seger and husband Mark of St. Henry, Linda Betz and husband Stan and Janet Rydberg and husband Bryan of Jasper; brothers-in-law, Rick Kippenbrock and wife Marian and Mike Kippenbrock of Ferdinand; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Angie and her family expresses gratitude for all the compassionate care Angie received from Dr. Sheryl Ziegler and her team at Hematology and Oncology Associates, Sonja, Case Manager Nurse and the rest of the team at Heritage Hospice and all other doctors and medical personnel providing Angie care during her journey.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at St. John Evangelist Parish-Daylight, with Rev. Chris Forler officiating. Entombment will be at a later date at St. Ferdinand Parish cemetery, Ferdinand.

Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. CDT at St. John Evangelist Parish-Daylight on Friday, June 23, 2107, and from 9 a.m. until service on Saturday.

The family requests that friends consider donations to the Tri-State Food Bank, Ronald McDonald Charities of SW Indiana or Riley Children’s Hospital rather than sending flowers.

Arrangements handled by Ziemer Funeral Home


 

Wilma I. Schnarr, 83, of Jasper, passed away at 10:04 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017, in St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born at Portersville, Indiana on August 23, 1933, to George and Nora (Hoffman) Wening. She married Daniel W. Schnarr on October 20, 1955, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana. He preceded her in death on October 29, 2011.

Along with her late husband she was a lifelong farmer and homemaker. She was a member of the original Wening band.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township and the church choir. She was also very active in the Dubois County Food Bank. She especially enjoyed sewing and crafting.

She is survived by one daughter, Marie Patton (Randall) of Jasper; one son, Dale Schnarr (Teri) of Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Sara Olinger (Philip), Beth Grammer (Logan) Jamie Lee (Kwesi) and Erik Schnarr; one great-granddaughter, Catherine Olinger; sister, Clara Eichmiller of Haysville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one brother, Herbert A. Wening and one sister, Cleda Wening.

Funeral services for Wilma Schnarr will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery.  The Rev. Catherine Burnette will officiate.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity.


 

Pallie Coleman, 79, of Pikeville, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Pallie was born January 22, 1938, in Winslow to Nathaniel and Mable (Richardson) Corn. She was united in marriage to Charles Paul Coleman on June 22, 1957, in Muncie.

She was an antique collector. She enjoyed listening to music, doing puzzles and playing cards. She also enjoyed traveling to South Carolina to visit with family.

Pallie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Paul, who passed away on July 5, 2006; a grandson, Tyler Coleman Powers; two sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by one son, Terry (Cathy) Coleman of Winslow; two daughters, Tracy (Shawn) Powers of Columbia, S.C., Denise (Tony) Head of Velpen; one brother, Bill Corn of Maine; four grandchildren, Jason Coleman of Jasper, Aaron Coleman of Evansville, Mark (Melissa) Coleman of Evansville, McKenzie Powers of Columbia, S.C.; one great-grandchild, Henry Coleman of Evansville.

Funeral services for Pallie Coleman will be held at 2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Cup Creek Cemetery in Velpen. Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from noon to 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the day of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the University of South Carolina Opera.


 

Wanda L. Lane, 86, of Jasper, formerly of Wickliffe, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born March 24, 1931, in Indianapolis to Clifton, Sr. and Virginia (Richey) Cook.  She was united in marriage to Elias “Melvin” Lane on December 6, 1947.

She was, in her own words, a domestic engineer. She was a member of Jasper Church of the Nazarene. Wanda loved her church and sang in the choir for many years. She also loved puzzle books and spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; a daughter, Sandra Kay Lane;  siblings, Clifton Cook, Jr., Cleo “Cookie” Simpson and Ernest Barley.

He is survived by her son, Jerald L. (Patricia) Lane of Kingman, Ariz.; her caregiver, Stephani (Gregory) Lane; brothers, Melvin (Marie) Cook of Indianapolis, Jack Cook of Birdseye and Norman Cook of Indianapolis; three grandsons, five great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

Services for Wanda L. Lane will be held at Nass and Son Funeral Home, Huntingburg on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at 4:00 to 8:00 on Monday. Burial will take place in the Birdseye Cemetery. Pastor Darrell Waninger and Pastor Steve

Beck will officiate the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial donations may be made to the Dubois County Special Olympics.


 

Cheryl Lou Langebrake, 57, of Bedford, formerly of Huntingburg, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Garden Villa, Bedford, Indiana.

She was born July 22, 1959, in Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg, to Russel and Betty J. (Matthew) Langebrake.

She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar. Cheryl loved family visits and music.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

He is survived by her brother, Randy (Lynette) Langebrake; sister, Rhonda (Greg) Lindauer of St. Henry, Indiana; nieces, a nephew and one great niece.

Services for Cheryl Lou Langebrake will be held at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar (near Holland) on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in the Zoar Cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will be the officiant. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg


 

Dorothy M. Helming, 92, of Ferdinand, died Monday, June 12, 2017, at her home.

Dorothy was born September 6, 1924, in Jasper to Paul and Eleanor (Birk) Kuntz. She married Norbert J. Helming on October 21, 1950, in Jasper. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1996.

Dorothy was a homemaker and helped her husband operate the Helming Dairy in Ferdinand. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, its St. Anne’s Sodality and choir. She was a member of Ferdinand D of I, and St. Vincent DePaul Society. Dorothy volunteered at Scenic Hills Care Center, The Red Cross, Tri-Cap, and St. Ferdinand Church. Dorothy was a recipient of the Brute Award in 1992 and the Mother Teresa Award in 2008.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna (Bud) Potter and Mary Alice (Rod) Zink, both of Ferdinand, Elaine (Albert) Astrike of Bretzville and Ann (Paul) Metzger of Henderson, Ky.; one son, Ed (Connie) Helming of Birdseye; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Claude, Edgar, Denis “Nick” and Floyd “Flip” Kuntz.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church or a favorite charity.


 

Richard Montgomery, 61, of Jasper, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017, at his daughter’s residence.

Richard was born January 20, 1956, in Oakland City to Paul and Audrey (Uppencamp) Montgomery.

He worked in the oil fields until he became disabled. He was a fan of IU basketball and enjoyed working on cars and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Heather Montgomery; and brothers, Larry, Gary and Tom Montgomery

He is survived by his sons, Dustin, Justin (Whitney), Jonathan (Sarah), Willie and Jarvan Montgomery; daughters, Brandee (Robert) Swaney, Brittiany (Jeramie) Hasenour, Jessica  and Janessa Montgomery; Diane Montgomery, ex-wife and friend; siblings, Gene (Martha) and Ron Montgomery, Sue Uppencamp, Kathy (Sonny) Hartley, Peggy Laymon and Pam (Aaron) Blanford; nine grandchildren:

A funeral service for Richard Montgomery will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017, at Vincent Christian Church in Otwell. Visitation will be held from 12 to 2:00 p.m. at the church the day of the service. Paul Newland will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for funeral expenses.


 

Emily G. Platt, 93, of Jasper, passed on Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, in Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois.

Emily was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 23, 1923, to James Blaha and Marie (Weber) Platt. She married Harry Platt on October 16, 1943, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1990.

Emily was a homemaker and member of Trinity United Church of Christ and their Women’s Guild. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had a passion for volunteering her time to organizations including the Dubois County Humane Society, American Eagle Foundation, and Angel Works. She was also a Cub Scout and 4-H Leader as well as a RSVP Tri-Cap Volunteer.

She enjoyed visiting and playing cards with the mentally challenged at SIRS, visiting people in area nursing homes, and started the Ladies Breakfast Group after the passing of her late husband.

Surviving are one son, Randall Platt and wife Victoria of Lake Villa, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Griffen, Steven, Stephanie, and Brittany Platt; and one daughter-in-law, Cathy Platt.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, was one son, Bruce Platt, three sisters, Marie, Josephine, Clara and one brother, James.

A funeral service for Emily G. Platt will be held at Noon on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Jane Hillman will officiate.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ or a favorite charity.


 

Bernard “Bernie” M.  Burger, 88, of Jasper, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Cathedral Health Care in Jasper.

Bernie was born in Jasper on July 6, 1928, to Fidelis and Clara (Prechtel) Burger. He married Doris Mathias on May 10, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Loogootee. She preceded him in death on August 30, 2001.

He retired from Jasper Cabinet Company where he had worked for many years. Bernie was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper K of C, the Jasper Moose, Jasper Outdoor Recreation and the Ireland Sportsman Club. He enjoyed playing cards and golf.

Surviving are one son, Gerard Burger and his wife Tracy of Jasper; one daughter, Bonnie Pinney and her husband Jeff of Patoka; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are one son, Garland Joseph Burger; two sisters, Edwina Begle and Virginia Burger; and one brother, Edwin Burger.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bernard M. “Bernie” Burger will be held at 11:00 a.m. onFriday, June 16, 2017 , t 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. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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


 

Paul Myers, Jr., 87, of Winslow, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Paul was born January 5, 1930, in Ayrshire (Pike County) to Paul Sr. and Esther (Tisdale) Myers.  He was united in marriage to Karen Ridgway on September 8, 1970, at Shaker Prairie Church.  Paul was a member of the United Mine Workers and retired from the Amax Coal Company.  He was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Oakland City; and enjoyed fishing, woodworking and gardening.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry Knight.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Myers of Winslow; daughters, Kaye Houchins of French Lick, Annette (John) Trout of Holland; sisters, Faye Winkler of Vincennes, Rhonda Hoover of Oakland City; brother, Mike Knight of Oakland City; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A private graveside service will be held for Paul Myers, Jr., at Augusta Cemetery in Augusta, Indiana. John Trout will officiate the service. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Condolences may be shared online


 

Renee N. Faille, 86, of Huntingburg, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at her residence.

Renee was born on August 2, 1930, in Ritzville, Wash.

She retired as a secretary from Boeing. Renee loved bowling, watching professional sports and doing crossword puzzles. She adored cats and had a heart of gold. A message from her children states, “We miss you Mom, see you in Heaven.  We love you!”

She was preceded in death by her mother, and siblings, Charles Pohl and Kathryn Woodard.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Faille (fiancé and Renee’s best friend, Randy Eckert) of Huntingburg; one son, Mark Faille of Federal Way, Wash.; and one grandson, Curtis Faille of Auburn, Wash.

A Celebration of Life for Renee Faille will be held at a later date. Nass and Son Funeral Home have been entrusted with the arrangements.


 

James W. Weigel, 89, of Huntingburg, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

James was born on July 11, 1927, in Boone Township to Jacob and Edna (Huebner) Weigel. He was united in marriage to Colleen Frick on February 16, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

James was a truck driver for 35-plus years for Jasper- Chicago Clairmont Transfer. He also owned and operated Country Corner Antiques. James was a member of Salem UCC in Huntingburg, Huntingburg Kiwanis, VFW Post #2366, and a Hadi Shriner for Masonic Lodge #520 A&FM.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Weigel, and siblings, Edward Weigel and Marie Saffer.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Weigel; two sons, Rodney (Doris) Weigel of Huntingburg and Kent (Suzanne) Weigel of Newburgh; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Weigel (Mark) Theising of Schnellville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for James W. Weigel will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery.  Pastor Mark West will officiate the services. Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post #2366 Memorial Detail. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis or Salem Choir & Organ Fund.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The Huntingburg Masonic Lodge will hold a memorial service at 7:00 p.m.


 

Doretha C. “Dottie” Jerger, 87, passed away at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Dottie was born in St. Henry, Indiana, December 17, 1929, to Leo and Ludwina (Dall) Fleck. She married John E. Jerger on October 18, 1949 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2006.

She worked at the Jasper Glove Factory, Leed’s Selling Tools, Aristokraft Cabinets, and then Gambles Retail Store. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, where she chaired the Fancy Quilt Stand for many years, the  St. Ann’s Society, the Jasper D of I,  and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are five daughters, Brenda (Bob) Kluemper of The Villages, Fla., Donna (Aaron) Graper of Tennyson, Geriann (Paul) Lueken of Birdseye, Marilee (Alan) Young of Ireland, Audrey (Marvin) Wehr of Ireland; three sons, Lee (Jane) Jerger of Greenfield, Ind., Michael Jerger and companion Esther Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Rodney Jerger and companion Debbie Mayden of Jasper; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice (Ernie) Miller of Jasper; one brother, Kenny (Pat) Fleck of Jasper.

Preceding her in death are one son, Daryl Jerger; two granddaughters, Rachel Jerger and Marie Young; one sister, Rose Tempel; four brothers, Henry, Harold, Leroy and Sylvester Fleck; and two infant brothers, Leo Jr. and Marcellanus Fleck.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Doretha C. “Dottie” Jerger will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Jasper D of I and the St. Ann’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


 

John W.R. “Willie” Sakel, 86, of Evansville, passed away at 6:40 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

John was born in Huntingburg, Indiana the first son of the late Frank and Elsie (Beardsley) Sakel. He was a 1948 graduate of Huntingburg High School, and a 1952 graduate of Evansville College where he played basketball. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.

John honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Kapperman Post #44. He began his education career as a coach and teacher at Wadesville in 1952. After his military service, he was a social studies teacher and varsity baseball and basketball coach at Winslow High School between 1955-59. He was a former principal at Mackey High School, Cannelton High School, Castle Elementary and Castle High School. In 1992, after a total of 36 years in education, he retired as a teacher from the Warrick County School Corporation.

John was a member of Newburgh Masonic Lodge #174, Scottish Rite and Hadi Shrine.

He was an accomplished trombonist and played in the Hadi Brass Band, Temple Airs, Old Dam Community Band in Newburgh and the jazz group, Déjà Vu.

He was a Methodist his entire life and worshiped most recently at Methodist Temple in Evansville and Chandler United Methodist Church. He enjoyed directing or singing in church choirs and was a member of the Chandler United Methodist Men’s Choral Group the Hims of Praise. He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, UE and IU basketball and the Colts. He was an enthusiastic and formidable card player enjoying Rook, Bridge and Shanghai and loved history- especially the Civil War. Other hobbies included barbershop music which he especially enjoyed hearing and seeing live. He enjoyed searching for jazz band and barbershop harmony performances on YouTube and completed daily crossword puzzles from the newspaper in ink.

He was generous with his love, time and talents, and had an unquenchable curiosity. He never went anywhere without finding a connection to a stranger thru who their parents were, where they were from, their occupation, where they attended school, what sports they enjoyed, what music they liked, where they had traveled, did they know the same people, etc.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the numerous lives he touched throughout his life.

He is survived by long-time friend, Gene Essick of Chandler; daughters, Vicki Sprengel and Ann Morrow (John); son, John Scott Sakel and partner Donald Bauer, all from Newburgh; siblings, Velma Berry of Evansville and Don Sakel of Floyds Knob; grandchildren, Kelly Sprengel Little (Josh ‘Red’) of Spring Hill Tenn., Ryan Sprengel (Royce Poe) of Elmhurst Ill., Kate Sprengel Case (Christopher) stationed in Japan, Lynea Sprengel Bellew (Jason) of Evansville, Paige Morrow Larsen (Joshua) of Indianapolis, Leland Morrow (Katherine ‘Kat’) of Henderson Ky.; and great-grandchildren Syndol Little, Owen Sprengel; Paul, Benjamin, and Jonathan Little; Rockwell Sprengel; Emma and Ethan Case; Hannah, Jude and Gabriel Larsen; Lyric and Liam Morrow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jeanne Leland Sakel in 1999; second wife, Joella Hohl Sakel in 2010 and sister, Marian Clem in 2012.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, June 12, 2017, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville with Pastor Andy Payton officiating and the American Legion Kapperman Post #44 will render full military rites.

Private Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery, Huntingburg.

Friends may visit from 2 pm until 6 pm, Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home where the Newburgh Masonic Lodge #174 will hold a Memorial Service at 6 pm.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Trisomy 18 Foundation, 4491 Cheshire Station Plaza, STE 157, Dale City, VA 22193 or The John W.R. Sakel Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Castle High School, 3344 HWY 261, Newburgh, IN 47630


 

Karen R. Brown, 65, of Huntingburg, Indiana, passed away at 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

She was born February 8, 1952, in Ireland, Indiana to John and Martha (Lannan) Seger.

Karen was a 1970 graduate of Birdseye High School. She was united in marriage to Roger D. Brown on September 25, 1971, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. Karen worked in her home as a babysitter. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Ladies’ Sodality and a Eucharistic Minister. She was a former bowler on the Thursday Night Women’s League and Sunday Night Couples League. In recent years, she enjoyed playing cards, quilting and taking annual trips with her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Jim and Ricky Seger.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Brown; daughter, Jennifer (Guadalupe) Sandoval of Huntingburg; a son, Jeff Brown of Jasper; two sisters, Earlene Stevens of Stillwater, Ok. and Brenda Colber of Birdseye; three brothers, Jeff (Nelda) Seger of Winamac, Ind., Gary (Michelle) Seger of Jasper, Pat (Vicky) Seger of Bretzville, Mike (Diana) Seger of Jasper; a sister-in-law, Marsha Seger of Bretzville and by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services for Karen Brown will be held on Monday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call for visitation on Sunday, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Nass and Son Funeral Home.


 

Albert W. “Bill” Eckerle, 77, of Jasper, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Bill was born in Jasper, Indiana on August 28, 1939, to Vincent “Jim” and Albertina “Abie” (Beyke) Eckerle. He married Clara Mae Merkel on April 27, 1961, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, IN.

He retired from the City of Jasper and worked for German American Bank in Jasper for many years. Bill was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, was a third-degree member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Jasper Moose Lodge. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family at Beaver Lake for over 60 y rs, and was a proud fan of University of Indianapolis softball, the St. Louis Cardinals and Jasper Wildcat sports.

Surviving are his wife Clara Mae Eckerle; one son, Roger Eckerle and wife Terri of Jasper; two grandchildren, Cassie Guth and husband Eric and Cori Eckerle; one great-grandson, Kellen Guth; one sister, Donna Metzger and husband Bob of Louisville.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Albert W. “Bill” Eckerle will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Monday. The Jasper Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 5:00 p.m.

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


 

Helen C. Hopf, 85, of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:55 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was born October 30, 1931, in St. Henry, Indiana to Paul and Anna (Moeller) Oeding.  Helen was united in marriage to William A. Hopf on April 22, 1950, at St. Henry Catholic Church.  She was a homemaker and a farmer’s wife.  She loved flowers, gardening, embroidering and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William, on February 20, 2002; sisters, Cecelia Kerstiens and Rosa Kerstiens;  brothers, Gregory, Leo, Bernard, Roman, Linus, and Ralph “Pete” Oeding;  great-grandchildren, twins Samuel and Aiden Miller.

Helen is survived by thirteen children, Elaine (Ralph) Miller of St. Anthony, Mary Hopf of Holland, Stephen (Jana) Hopf of Celina, Ohio, Kathy (Gary) Hochgesang of St. Anthony, David (Joyce) Hopf of Birdseye, Bonnie (Mike) Hochgesang of Jasper, John (Connie) Hopf of Bretzville, Tom (Kathy) Hopf of St. Anthony, Linda (Rick) Lichlyter of Huntingburg, Kevin (Angie) Hopf of Birdseye, Keith (Susan) Hopf of Kyana, Marvin Hopf of Huntingburg and Beth (Tom) Hollinden of Huntingburg; brother, Edgar (Mildred) Oeding of Jasper; sister, Marie Gessner of Ferdinand; by 32 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Helen C. Hopf will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 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. on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


 

Larry A. Marks, 79, of Jasper, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Campus in Jasper.

Larry was born in Jasper, Indiana, on March 2, 1938, to Edward and Anna (Bellner) Marks. He married Jeanne Ebert on September 16, 1961, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He retired from Kimball, where he was a truck driver. Larry was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin, four wheeling, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife Jeanne Marks of Jasper; four children, Andrew (Lourdes) Marks of Corpus Christi, Texas, Paul (Kelly) Marks of Jasper, Toni (Bret) Mundy of Birdseye and Vicki (Steve) Meiring of Jasper; five grandchildren. Kristofer Mundy, Whitney Mundy, Alex Meiring, Patrick Meiring, and Benjamin Marks; one great-grandson, Preston Mundy; four siblings, Joe (Carole) Marks of Jasper, Ron (Margie) Marks of Celestine, Charlotte (Barry) Bell of Shawnee, Kansas and Kathy (Mike) Fulkerson of Huntingburg; one sister-in-law, Virginia Marks of Ferdinand.

Preceding him in death are one sister, Marilee Kreilein and one brother, Bob Marks.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Larry A. Marks will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military grave site rites.

A visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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


 

Sam E. Riddle, 56, of Huntingburg, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at his residence.

Sam was born July 12, 1960, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Euell and Cordia (Chadwell) Riddle.

He enjoyed listing to music, especially KISS and Elvis, and was a Louisville Cardinals fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Riddle, who passed away on July 12, 2005.

He is survived by his sister, Powell Riddle of Huntingburg; companion, Amber Mattingly; step-children, Aaron Hurst of Ferdinand, Jessica Messmer of Huntingburg, Cassie Mattingly of Huntingburg, Christian Mattingly of Huntingburg, Chealsey Mattingly of Huntingburg.

A memorial service for Sam E. Riddle will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the day of the service. There will be no burial.


 

Mildred Mary Ann Kunz, 91, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:10 a.m., on, June 5, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg, Huntingburg, IN.

She was born May 2, 1926, in Boone Township, Indiana to John and Anna (Doersam) Hoffman. She married Ralph A. Kunz on September 25, 1948 , t St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.  Mildred was a 1945 graduate of Huntingburg High School and worked for General Electric in Huntingburg, Tell City and Owensboro.  She later worked at Kimball Electronics.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, on May 20, 2001; eight brothers, Walter, Elmer, Leo, Raymond, Paul, John, Robert Lee and Marion Hoffman; and five sisters, Gladys Grabeman, Mertie Harker, Lula Wheatley, Ruth Horn and Dorothy Hoffman.

Mildred is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen and Paul Mundy.

There will be no visitation. A private burial will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate the committal service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church 6483 W. 580 N., Otwell.


 

Viola C. Schroeder, 89, of Jasper, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on October 2, 1927, to Leander and Rose (Dick) Giesler. She married Orville J. Schroeder on May 31, 1939, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2016.

Viola was employed by Buehler Foods for many years, and then after retirement was a homemaker. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Sodality, and the Jasper D of I. She enjoyed quilting and cooking, and she loved playing cards and spending time with her family.

Surviving are three daughters, Cindy Cleveland of Indianapolis, Bev Kuper and her husband George of Jasper and Debbie Matheis and her husband Pat of Jasper; one son, Greg Schroeder and his wife Michelle of Jasper; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona Knust and husband Reynold of Ferdinand and Sr. Mildred Giesler of St. Mary of the Woods; one brother, Sylvester Giesler and his wife Irene of Jasper.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one grandson, Brian Matheis, three sisters, Ardella Heim, Mary Ann Uebelhor, and Florence Neuhoff, and four brothers, Arnold, Edward, Herman and Robert Giesler.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. service time at the church on Friday.

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


 

Frederick Joseph Schwenk, also known as Papoose, 70, of Washington, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born on August 10, 1946, in Jasper to Jerome and Magdalen (Reker) Schwenk.

He was a 1964 graduate of Ireland High School. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus of Washington. He received the Brute’ Society Award on November 20, 2005. He was the director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Perpetual Eucharistic and Adoration Chapel. He had many hobbies that included, fishing, dancing, golfing and singing in the choir. He loved playing cards, making wine and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Ritchey) Schwenk whom he married, July 18, 1981; three daughters; Alesia (Eric) Cato of Evansville, Andrea Dwyer (Jeff Lemon) of Washington, Belinda (Robert) Menke of West Palm Beach, Florida; brother, Bro. Flavian “Junnie” Schwenk O.S.B of St. Meinrad; two sisters, Patty (Tom) Sternberg of Jasper, Carol (Joe) Walters of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Jaret Roach, Marisa Adams, Aubrey Adams, Jameson Dwyer, Aidan Dwyer, Lexie Lemon and Easton Lemon; Godson, Brian Schwenk, Goddaughters, Jody (Schwenk) Verkamp, Rachell Brummitt and Amy (Leistner) Helming and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katie Schwenk and brother, Ambrose Schwenk. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Father Paul Ferguson as celebrant. Burial will follow in St Johns Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday with a KofC rosary at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Adoration Chapel, 315 NE 3rd St, Washington, Indiana 47501 or the Washington Catholic Education Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 916, Washington, Indiana 47501.


 

Judith E. “Judy” Jeffries, 74, of Huntingburg, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Judy was born June 15, 1942, in Jasper to Pete and Edna (Bamburger) Buechlein. She was united in marriage to Emmett Faurest “Frosty” Jeffries on May 12, 1962, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Judy was a cook at the YMI in Huntingburg for many years. She collected Coca Cola memorabilia and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Faurest “Frosty” Jeffries, who died May 20, 2014; and siblings, Bill Buechlein and Georgann McDaniel.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet (Kevin) Brown of Huntingburg and Angie Childress of Huntingburg; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Judith E. “Judy” Jeffries will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate the services.

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


 

John K. Hendrey, Jr., 88, of Holland, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Riveroaks Health Campus in Princeton.

John was born November 28, 1928, in Mill Shoals, Illinois, to John Sr. and Helen Rose (Funkhouser) Hendrey.

His first job was sales and service at Addressograph Multigraph for many years. He was the owner of Precision Quick Print in Princeton for over 20 years. He enjoyed bluegrass music and played the guitar, bass and mandolin.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenneth SirHendrey; and four brothers, William SirHendry, David, Charles and Robert Hendrey.

He is survived by five children, Sandra K. (James) Ring of Holland, Keith A. SirHendrey of Madisonville, KY, Kala M. Knapp of Ft. Branch, IN, Vicky (Joe) Jaquess of Owensville, Ind., Beverly G. (Ken) Goedde of Ft. Branch, Ind.; sister, Vilena (Andrew) Meyer of Jasper; nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for John K. Hendrey, Jr., will be held at 2:00 p.m., EDT Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Augustana UCC in Holland. Visitation will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m.EDT prior to the service at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Nass & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


 

Margaret Fetter, 82, of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born July 30, 1934, in Ferdinand to Joseph and Mathilda (Nord) Wilmes. Margaret married Daniel Fetter on June 2, 1956, in St. Ferdinand Church. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1998.

Margaret was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and often prepared meals for funeral luncheons. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and spending time with her grandkids.

Margaret is survived by one son, Ron (Tina) Fetter of Ferdinand; two daughters, Joyce Fetter of Ferdinand and Donna (Andy) Stetter of Huntingburg; one brother, Joe (Grace) Wilmes of Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Jenna Nordhoff Kreilein, Aaron Nordhoff, Whitney, Tori and Tyler Fetter, Bailey, Connor and McKenzie Schulz; one great-granddaughter, Blair Kreilein.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; two sisters, Marcella Gogel and Hilda Oser; seven brothers, Urban, Oscar, Clarence, Ernest, Hubert, Dennis and Albert Wilmes.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Thursday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.


 

Earl Anthony Paulin, 85, of Siberia, passed away, Saturday, June 3, 2017, at his home.

Earl was born August 9, 1931, in Uniontown, Ind., to Anthony J. and Ella (Merkley) Paulin. He married Therese Messmer on July 30, 1955, in St. Ferdinand Church.

Earl was retired from DMI and was also a farmer. He was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandkids.

Earl is survived by his wife, Therese of Siberia; three sons, Gregory (Mickie) Paulin and Anthony (Ruth) Paulin all of Ferdinand, Jeffrey Paulin of Siberia; three daughters, Brenda (Glen) Schuetter of Birdseye, Cheryl (Tim) Sherman of Siberia and Patricia (Chris) Reckelhoff of St. Anthony; one sister, Eileen Gehlhausen of Bristow; one brother, Richard (Noreida) Paulin of Bristow; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. 

Earl was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Paulin in infancy; a sister, Rosalie Gehlhausen; two grandsons, Steven Hempfling and Eric Hempfling. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. CDT in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Military Graveside rights will be provided by St. Meinrad Legion Post 366. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-7:00 p.m. CDT and Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. 


 

Kent F. Meyer, 59, of Boone Township, passed away at 10:43 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017, as a result of a farming accident.

Kent was born in Jasper, Indiana, on November 17, 1957, to Melvin W. and Anna Marie (Wening) Meyer. He married Ruth Hoffman on April 7, 1979, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana.

Kent was a member of the Jasper High School Class of 1976. He was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of the Jasper German Club and a past member of the Otwell Ruritan Club, the Pike County Young Farmers, and the Dubois County Pork Producers. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Meyer of Boone Township; one son, Bart K. Meyer of Jasper; one daughter, Holly Reckelhoff and her husband Scott of Jasper; six grandchildren; his parents, Melvin W. and Anna Marie Meyer of Boone Township; two sisters, Melanie Freyberger and her husband Dennis of Dubois and Karen Knust and her husband Steve of Newburgh.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dubois County CASA.


 

Charles H. “Botts” Bohnert, 90, Jasper, passed away at 10:24 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper, Indiana.

Botts was born on September 27, 1926, in Jasper, Indiana to Hilbert and Eva (Breitweiser) Bohnert. He married D. Helen Leinenbach on November 27, 1947, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2014.

He retired from TransCanada Natural Gas Company in Celestine, Indiana and then worked part time in maintenance for Old National Bank. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper. Botts was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and enjoyed spending time with nieces and nephews.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Doris Moran and Mary Ann Alles.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles H. “Botts” Bohnert will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow at Jasper Enlow City Cemetery. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the Dubois County Humane Society, or to a favorite charity.


 

Carl Parks, Sr., 65, of Evansville, formerly of Huntingburg, passed away at 5:20 a.m., on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Carl was born June 9, 1951, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Edgar and Nellie (Whipking) Parks.  He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Cornell Parks and Arthur “Buck” Parks; and sister, Sharon Parks.

He is survived by his four children, Carl Parks, Jr. of Jasper, Barbara (Bradley) Dotterweich of Washington, Ind., Tiffany Parks of Evansville, Edgar Parks of Evansville; brothers, Jack Parks of Mammoth Springs, Ark., Harry Parks of Otwell and Robert Parks of Jasper; sisters, Diana Bockstahler of Jasper and Patty Schmitt of Jasper; five grandchildren and great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Carl Parks, Sr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. EDT Friday, June 9, 2017, at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Loogootee, Indiana. Pastor Duane Smith will officiate at the service. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Nass and Son Funeral Home have been entrusted with handling the arrangements.


 

Theodore “Teddy” O. Weidenbenner, 64, of Ireland, passed away at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Teddy was born in Jasper on July 17, 1952, to Theodore Sr. and Cornelia (Ketzner) Weidenbenner. He married Judy Schmitt on January 25, 1975, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

He was a farmer most of his life and then worked at Werner Sawmill until retirement. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He loved the outdoors, including gardening, fishing, having pets, and he also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Weidenbenner, Ireland; two daughters, Dusti Hillyard and her husband Larry of Winslow and Kelly Bueltel and her husband Ryan of Ireland; five grandchildren; one sister, Jean; one brother, Perry.

Preceding him in death are two brothers, Larry and George, who died in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Theodore O. “Teddy” Weidenbenner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, 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 the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Ireland) Building Fund.


 

Daniel Val Seel, 46, of Huntingburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at his residence.

He was born October 13, 1970, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Danny Ray and Shirley Ann (Baird) Seel.

Daniel worked as a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and one brother, Tommy Seel.

He is survived by his father, Danny Ray Seel of Arizona; daughter, Kaitlyn Seel of Glendale, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Chelsea Reynolds of Arizona; sister, Tammy Marie Seel of Huntingburg; brother, Jeremy Seel of Texas; and by two grandchildren.

A private viewing was held at the funeral home prior to cremation. Final disposition will take place in Arizona at a later date.

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


 

Rosella M. Seger, 91, of Huntingburg, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Rosella was born July 31, 1925, in Jasper, Indiana to Edward and Louise (Long) Mendel. She was united in marriage to Oscar F. Seger on August 27, 1946, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Rosella was a homemaker and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and the V.F.W. Post #2366 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar F. Seger, who died March 2, 2002; five brothers, Alois, Urban, Hilbert, Charles and Robert Mendel; and two sisters, Irene Blessinger and Mary Ann Mendel.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Gene (Janis) Seger of Huntingburg and Larry (Jeanie) Seger of Huntingburg; one sister, Albertina Meyer of Huntingburg; three grandchildren, Renee Childress, Alex Seger and Nick Seger; and three great-grandchildren, Eyan Childress, Aspen Childress and Bryce Seger.

Funeral services for Rosella M. Seger will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburgwith burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church.


 

Sharon K. Webb, 64, of Dale, died May 29, at IU Paoli Hospital in Orange County.

She was born July 23, 1952, in Huntingburg.

She is survived by her husband, Brett Webb; four daughters, Dawn (Thad) Schmidt, Amy (Chris) Aders, Joni (Todd) Fischer and Tisha (Matt) Marshall; one brother; three sisters; seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Santa Claus Campground.

Fuller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


 

Henry “Hank” Backer, 87, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1930, in Ferdinand to Dr. Henry G. & Frances (McLaughlin) Backer. 

Hank earned a Master’s Degree at Indiana State University and was a retired math teacher at Cannelton High School. He was a Korean War Army veteran and served in the 116th Combat Engineering Branch. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hank enjoyed reading, hunting, playing cards and playing tennis. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Hasenour and four brothers, Dave, Pat, John & Larry Backer.

Survivors include three sisters, Sr. Phyllis Backer, MMS of Philadelphia, Pa., Mary Jo Uebelhor of Jasper and Margaret “Margie” Backer of Ferdinand; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Backer of Jasper and Selma Backer of St. Meinrad; three brothers, Dr. George “Pete” ( Dr. Barbara) Backer of LaPorte, Ind., Dr. Thomas  (Pamela) Backer of Erlanger, Ky. and Dr. Joseph (Lucia) Backer of McLean, Va.; nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be provided by Ferdinand Legion Post 124. Friends may call after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements.


 

William R. “Bill” Sherman, Sr., 77, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born November 12, 1939, in Holland, Indiana to Herman Sherman, Sr. and Josephine (Lindauer) Sherman. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Holland High School and was united in marriage to Margaret Louise Jeffery on November 21, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Bill worked for D.M.I. in Huntingburg and Dothan, Ala. He also worked for Styline and retired from Dubois Wood where he was a supervisor for many years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He made a choice to become a tissue donor to help others. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, spending time with his dogs, “Huck” and “Butter,” and visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill is survived by one son, William R. (Rita) Sherman, Jr. of Huntingburg; three daughters, Melanie (Dennis) Bernardi of Huntingburg, Charlotte (Ernie) Mesa of Missouri and Jane (David) Dooley of Beaumont, Tex.; four brothers, Eugene (Linda) Sherman of Huntingburg, Herman (Donna) Sherman, Jr. of Gentryville, Oscar (Karen) Sherman of Huntingburg and Nick (Connie) Sherman of Huntingburg; four sisters, Mary (George) Jochum of Huntingburg, Cecilia (Melvin) Betz of Celestine, Suzanne (Dave) Schipp of Huntingburg and Betty (Charles) Beren of Dale; by four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, six great grandchildren, eight step great grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise Sherman, who died March 12, 2011; five brothers, Felix, Leo, Charles, James and Joseph Sherman; and one granddaughter, Kristi Bernardi.

Funeral services for William “Bill” Sherman, Sr. will be held at 10:00 a.m., EDT on Saturday, May 27, 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. Friday. A parish rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.


 

Nancy Kay Abell (née Hanscom), 74, has passed away after a sudden illness, surrounded by her family and peacefully in her sleep, at Jasper Memorial Hospital on May 21, 2017.

She was born March 28, 1943, in Indianapolis, Ind.

A warm and beautiful woman and a gentle spirit, Nancy radiated love to all who knew her. Nancy was a graduate of Lawrence Central High School, attended Ball State University, and was employed by Southern Hills Counseling Center prior to her retirement.

Nancy is survived by her husband Peter Abell; her mother Miriam Hanscom; her brother Rod (and Bette) Hanscom; her daughter Tanya Heflin; her son and daughter-in-law Troy and Kris Heflin; her stepdaughters Sarah Abell and Anne (and Sean) Hager; and her grandchildren Nick, Lauren, and Lydia Heflin, Adara Carr, and Alex Hager.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg, where she was a member of the choir for 33 years. A time for greeting the family will begin at 10:00 am with a service at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Donations to support research may be made in Nancy’s name to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research (www.lustgarten.org).


 

Charles “Charlie” Mendel, Jr., 58, of Dubois, passed away at 4:28 p.m., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born April 25, 1959, in Huntingburg to Charles Edward and Maxine Fay (Brown) Mendel.

Charlie is survived by two sons, Brent (Devon) Mendel and Chris Mendel both of Huntingburg; three sisters, Brenda “Susie” Mendel and Marsha Buschkoetter both of Huntingburg, Judy Laswell of Crawford County; one stepbrother, Scott Brown of Holland; four stepchildren, Melisa Garcia, Lupe Garcia and Maurice Zapata all of Huntingburg, Diana Garcia of Texas; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call for viewing and visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 26, 2017.  Disposition will take place following the visitation.


 

Edward Thomas Lemond, Sr., 86, of Evansville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

He was born June 12, 1930, in Duff, Indiana to Orville and Catherine (Nolen) Lemond.

He retired from the United States Air Force as a tech sergeant after 20 years of service. Ed enjoyed collecting and building clocks and bowling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Pete, Robert, Billy and Joe Lemond.

He is survived by his wife, Reva Theis of Evansville; six children, Marie (Dan) Enlow of Boonville, Ed (Deborah) Lemond, Jr. of Jasper, Nancy (Tom) Mutchman of Huntingburg, Paul (Susan) Lemond of Huntingburg, Mike (Debbie) Lemond of Winslow, and Jeff Lemond of Huntingburg; nine siblings, James, Oscar, Albert and Charlie Lemond, Margaret Brown, Mary Ann Bohnert, Ester Peach, Henrietta Toby, and Melba Montgomery; by twenty grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Edward Lemond, Sr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mayo Cemetery near Duff.  The V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, the day of the service.


 

Ernest “Gene” Baxter, 83, of Jasper, formerly of Loogootee, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana.

Gene was born in Rutherford Township, Indiana, on October 18, 1933, to Ernest R. and Ethel L. (Parsons) Baxter.

He was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a bus driver for Loogootee Schools, and he was also a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Baxter of Jasper; three stepdaughters, Wanda Uebelhor and her husband Rick of Jasper, Diana Klingle-Wilson and her husband Ken of Indianapolis and Kim Doty and her husband John of French Lick; several grandchildren and ggreat-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Ken Frye and his wife Sharon of Loogootee and Jerry Frye and his wife Eliane of LaQuinta, Cali.; one half-sister, Judy Purcell and her husband Glenn of Edwardsburg, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is one half brother, Marlon Frye.

A visitation for Ernest “Gene” Baxter will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

Funeral services for Eugene “Gene” Baxter will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, IN, with burial to follow at a later date. Rev. John Simmons will officiate. The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military rites at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwood Retirement Community or to a favorite charity.


 

Kevin G. Friedman, 59, of Ferdinand, passed away at 11:17 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Kevin was born in Jasper, Indiana, on August 15, 1957 to Alvin and Rosina (Obermeyer) Friedman.

He was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in Illinois. Kevin was a United States Air Force veteran, serving during Operation Desert Storm. He worked at Holiday World. He loved to fish.

Surviving are one son, Chris Friedman of Huntingburg; one daughter, Misty Moore of Shreveport, La.; his mother, Rosina Friedman of Huntingburg; three grandchildren; one sister, Penny Wood of Huntingburg; two brothers, Kenny Friedman and his wife Pansy of Lincoln City and Jerry Friedman and his wife Sandra of Sanford, Fla.

Preceding him in death are his father, Alvin Friedman, and one sister Karen Ann Friedman.

Military funeral rites for Kevin G. Friedman will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct the military rites.

A memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral rites at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel on Saturday.

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


 

Jerome H. Knies, 85, of Celestine, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 23, 2017 due to injuries sustained in a farming accident.

Jerome was born in Celestine Indiana on September 30, 1931 to Bernard J. and Albertha (Heldman) Knies. He married Bernice Kluesner on September 4, 1954 in St. Peter Celestine Catholic Church.

Jerome was a lifelong farmer in the Celestine area and also worked for Jasper Woodworking. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, and was a lifetime member of the Celestine Community Club. He was in the U.S. Army National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, playing sheephead, farming, and being in the outdoors.

Surviving is his wife, Bernice Knies of Celestine, three daughters, Pam Spencer and husband Tom of Birdseye, Iris Gadlage and husband Bernie of Celestine and Jill Thompson and husband Jamie of Jasper; four sons, Brian Knies and companion Carla of Celestine, Christopher Knies and companion Rhonda of Dubois, Jerry Knies and wife Holly of Celestine and John Knies and wife Maria of West Monroe, Louisiana; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rosetta Hasenour, Connie Schroering, Sharon Burger and husband Jerry, all of Jasper; seven brothers, Dennis Knies, and Jim and wife Bonnie, both of St. Anthony, Albert Knies and wife Cyrilla of Huntingburg, Virgil Knies and wife Frances, Bernard Knies and wife Diane, and Randall Knies and wife Janice all of Celestine, Paul Knies and wife Carol, and Perry Knies and wife Jane both of Jasper.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Ernest and Vernon Knies; two brother-in-laws, Delmar Schroering and Tony Hasenour; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Knies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome H. Knies will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, IN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Parish, or a favorite charity.


 

John “Jack” Garriety Bies, D.D.S., 85, of Jasper, passed away at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper surrounded by loved ones.

Jack was born in Montgomery, Ind., on July 12, 1931, to Garriety and Leona (Butcher) Bies.

Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lucille Caroline (Gutgsell) Bies, with whom he was joined in holy matrimony at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, on February 7, 1953. He was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Martha Lee Fox.

Jack grew up in Washington, Ind., attended Xavier University, where he played baseball. He subsequently joined the U.S. Navy serving as a radiology technician in the port of Norfolk, Vir. He returned to Indiana University for dental training, eventually settling back in Lucy’s hometown of Jasper to raise his family. For Jack, dentistry was a public health calling, and he took pride in his profession and keeping up with the latest research.

Jack is survived by his son, John Bies of Evansville; son, Doug Bies and his wife Cindi Bies of Jasper; daughter Christine and her husband Todd Curtis of Woodstock, Ill.; son, Kurt Bies of Jasper; daughter Angela Bies and her husband Toby Egan of Potomac, Md.; 15 grandchildren; and four great-children.

Jack felt very fortunate to marry into Lucy’s large and loving family, which combined with his grandchildren brought him great happiness.

Jack enjoyed golf, loved dogs, and adored baseball, coaching Pony and Little League for many years. He long tended a backyard garden, holding a running debate over the merits of the beefsteak versus the big boy tomato. He also raised roses and would bring one to Lucy every day they were in season when he came home from lunch. A devout Catholic, Jack attended Mass daily at St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper and volunteered for Perpetual Adoration. Jack possessed an impishly dry sense of humor and sported a daily crossword puzzle (in ink!) habit. A voracious reader and student of current events, he was always game to debate politics. His quick wit and tenderness somehow went hand-in-hand; he will be sorely missed.

A Memorial Mass for Jack Bies will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum to follow at a later date.  The American Legion Post #147 will conduct Military Rites.

Friends may visit together from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass time in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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

Jack’s family is deeply grateful to his physician, Marc Campbell, the loving staff at Good Samaritan Nursing home, and the many family and friends who faithfully visited him and Lucy at Good Sam over the years.


 

William “Bill” M. Blume, 91, of Celestine, passed away at 9:24 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Bill was born in Birdseye on April 23, 1926, to William C. and Elizabeth (Miller) Blume.

Bill previously worked at Jerry Seidl Sawmill and for Forest Products for several years. He was a United States Army veteran. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, and the American Legion Post #147. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are one sister, Helen Curl of Celestine; one brother, Maurice Blume and his wife Brenda of Kyana; one sister-in-law, Lucille Blume of Jasper; five nieces and 11 nephews.

Preceding him in death are two sisters, Mary Ann and Hildagarde Blume, who died in infancy; two brothers, Leo L. and Othmar Blume; one nephew, Matthew Blume, who died in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Sammy Ingle and Lester Curl.

A Mass of Christian Burial for William “Bill” M. Blume will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military grave site rites.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Parish, the Alzheimer’s Association or to a favorite charity.


 

Betty Davis Staff, 89, died on Friday, May 14, 2017, in Brookside Village, Jasper.

She was born in Kansas City on November 1, 1927, to the late Carl A. and Lelia L. Davis and was their only child.

Betty graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., in June 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in English and drama. In August of the same year she married Ens. William A. (Bill) Staff (USN). She moved with him to Pensacola, Fla., and afterward to San Diego, Cali., Corpus Christie, Texas, San Diego, Cali., Oak Harbor, Wash., Champaign, Ill., Norfolk, Vir., Shenandoah, Iowa and Evansville, where she lived for twenty-seven years before retiring to Fairhope, Ala. in 1988. During a twenty-one-year career with Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation, she taught speech therapy in several elementary schools and drama and English at Reitz High School. She was an active amateur thespian for many years with Evansville Civic Theater and was a long-time member and elder of First Presbyterian Church. In Fairhope, she enjoyed her involvement in several civic organizations, especially the Eastern Shore Art Center where she served on the board of directors and as board president. In 2006, she moved with Bill to Huntingburg to be near her eldest son’s family.

She is survived by three sons, Noll A. (Ann), Eric Todd, and Kirk D. (Linda) of St Anthony, Nashville, Tenn., and the Columbus, Ohio area respectively; one step-grandson, three grandsons, and two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the disposition arrangements.  There will be no funeral services at this time.


 

Darrell Gene Roesner, 78, of Holland, Indiana passed away at 9:53 p.m., on Friday, May 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born June 5, 1938, in Holland, Indiana to Elmer and Juanita (Bush) Roesner; and was united in marriage to Martha Ann Shawhan on December 1, 1957, at the Lutheran Parsonage in Holland.

Darrell worked as a self-employed milk hauler and was also a school bus driver for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation for 30 years.  He was a former Holland water utility superintendent and Holland town board president. He hosted foreign exchange students and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and waterskiing. He also loved gardening and his pets.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Ann Roesner, who died March 19, 2017; his son-in-law, Doug Begle; and brother, William Roesner.

He is survived by two daughters, Penny (Randy) Wilhite of Evansville and Anita (Gordon) Woebkenberg of Ferdinand; one brother, James (Donna) Roesner of Holland; sister-in-law, Betty Wibbeler of Holland; four grandchildren, Logan (Josie) Begle, Leitha (Mark) Majewicz, Lora Woebkenberg and Taylor “T.J.” Woebkenberg; four great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Darrell Roesner will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland; interment will be at a later date. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, the day of the service. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church.


 

Leroy J. Schnaus, 95, of Ireland, passed away at 4:03 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at home.

Leroy was born in Ireland, Indiana, on September 11, 1921, to Albert and Cecelia (Dick) Schnaus. He married Dorothy M. Mehringer on October 19, 1946, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

Leroy was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Historical Society, and he was a charter and 70 year member of the Ireland K of C, and a charter member of the Ireland Sportsman Club. He was a 30-year member of the Ireland Utilities Board, where he was an original member.

He was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed following the Jasper Wildcats, the Chicago Cubs, and Indiana University Basketball. He also enjoyed playing golf and cards, especially Sheepshead.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy M. Schnaus of Ireland; one daughter, Linda Erny and husband Dave of Jasper; three sons, Ken Schnaus and his wife Marilyn of Jasper, Steve Schnaus of Loogootee and Kevin Schnaus and his wife Mary of Jasper; one son-in-law, Glen Werne of Jasper; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Stenftenagel and her husband Joe of Jasper, Anna Burger of Jasper and Betty Shelly of Greenwood.

Preceding him in death is one daughter, Marilyn Werne; one daughter-in-law, Gerri Schnaus; and six brothers, Sylvester, Virgil, Robert, Albert Jr., Edward, and Larry Schnaus.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Leroy J. Schnaus will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, IN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Ireland K of C will have a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Heart Association, or to the wishes of the family.


 

James “JD” Durlauf, 58, of Ferdinand, passed away, Friday, May 12th at home.

James was born June 1, 1958, in Huntingburg to Jerry and Ruth (Becher) Durlauf.

James was an upholsterer at Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Jasper Gun Club and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed playing softball, traveling, riding his Harley and being with family and friends. James was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and IU basketball.

James is survived by his life partner, Connie Eckert of Ferdinand; one son, Jeff (Megan) Durlauf of Ferdinand; three daughters, Erica (Alex) Hohl of St. Henry, Crystal (Mitch) Bratton of Bloomington and Kyla Eckert of Ferdinand; three sisters, Jane (Gary) Oeding of Ferdinand, Susie (Lee Ray) Schmitt of Washington, Diane (Gary) Lange of Huntingburg; two brothers, Bobby Durlauf of Ferdinand and Mike (Sam) Durlauf of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Durlauf.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.


 

Mary Lou Helming, 87, of Ferdinand, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Mary Lou was born December 11, 1929, in Ferdinand to Rudolph and Laura (Altman) Meyer. She married Art Helming on May 30, 1958, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 5, 1998.

Mary Lou was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Ann’s Sodality and Ferdinand Senior Citizens. Mary Lou enjoyed being with family and reading at the Ferdinand Library. She enjoyed crocheting for charities and making rosaries for missionaries. 

Mary Lou is survived by four sons, Sam (Lisa) Helming of Santa Claus, Glen Helming, Tom (Babe) Helming and Mark (Shelia) Helming all of Ferdinand; one daughter, Doris (Doc) Oeding of St. Anthony; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild and one great-grandchild. 

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Art; one son, Paul Helming and a daughter-in-law Kathy Helming. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the church. 

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be sent to St. Ferdinand Parish or a favorite charity. 


 

Susanne M. Seger, 81, of Dubois, passed away at 8:45 p.m. CDT Friday in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

She was born in Jasper on October 6, 1935, to John and Catherine (Thais) Burke. She married James A. Seger October 3, 1957 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Susanne was a graduate of Jasper High School Class of 1953. She, along with her husband, owned and operated a poultry farm operation in the Dubois area.

She is a member of St. Isidore Catholic Parish – St. Raphael’s Church. She was past president of the Ladies Sodality of St. Raphael’s Parish as well as a member of church choir and past member of the Dubois Community Club. She had a passion for art, sewing, gardening, enjoyed hummingbirds and loved family get-togethers and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Seger; two daughters, Carla Hall (Bill) of Cuzco and Beth Neukam (Randy) of Dubois;  three sons, Doug Seger of Cuzco, Dan Seger (Brenda) of Bloomington, Ill. and Pat Seger (Cheryl) of Dubois; 12 grandchildren, Jade Hall, Erica Neukam and Whitney Hall, Bryce Neukam and Taylor Neukam, Jacob Seger, Alison Seger, Nick Seger and Megan Seger, Crystal Seger, Brooke Seger and Jalen Seger; three great-grandchildren, Landon Uppencamp, Gibson Hall and Rhett Neukam; one brother, Michael Burke (Linda) of Jasper.

Preceded her in death are five brothers; Max Burke, Carl Burke, Richard Burke, Stan Burke and Bob Burke.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Susanne Seger will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow in St. Raphael’s Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m. Monday by St. Members of St. Raphael Parish at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity.


 

Patrick Scott Williams, 37, of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was born March 18, 1980, in Evansville to Billy Williams and Pamela (Brown) Williams.

He was loved by everyone and was always there to help others. He was a wonderful person and absolutely adored his nieces.

Patrick is survived by his father, Billy (Carolyn) Williams; mother, Pamela Williams; sister, Candi Williams, twin nieces, LC (Leila) and Saige; aunts and uncles; and step-brothers, Aaron and Adam Christmas.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. CDT Monday, May 15, 2015, at Alexander East Chapel. Friends may visit Monday from 12:00 p.m. CDT until service time at the funeral home.

Patrick’s family would like to ask anyone planning to attend the services on Monday to bring any photos they have of Patrick. His family would enjoy sharing in your memories of Patrick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with expenses.


 

Leo G. Danzer, 82, of Dubois, passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at home.

Leo was born in Willey, Iowa on May 22, 1934, to Frank and Helen (Balk) Danzer. He married Mary Eileen Rowenkamp on August 8, 1964, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois. She preceded him in death on October 17, 2003.

Leo was a farmer in Iowa and later worked for the Knights of Columbus in Jasper and the Northeast Dubois School Corporation. After retirement, he enjoyed working on bicycles.

Leo was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Parish – St. Raphael Campus in Dubois, and a member of the church choir. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Jasper Knights of Columbus and was also in the Silver Age Club and the Dubois Ruritan.

He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and working on bicycles.

Surviving are one daughter, Melody Powell and husband Jim of Winslow; two sons, Tony Danzer and Andrew Danzer (Angie), both of Jasper; four grandchildren, Jimmy and Randy Powell and Blake and Kylene Danzer; one sister, Colette Piccolo and husband Joe of Gretna, Neb.; one brother, Eugene Danze of Carroll, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his wife was one daughter, Anna Marie Danzer, and one granddaughter, Kendra Amber Danzer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Leo G. Danzer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois, IN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Parish, or to a favorite charity.


 

Lawrence E. “Larry” Stenftenagel, 92, of Ireland, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Larry was born in Huntingburg, Indiana, on September 23, 1924, to Edward Joseph and Gertrude (Neuhoff) Stenftenagel. He married Bernita Hulsman on May 18, 1948, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. She preceded him in death on January 2, 2010.

He was a United States Army Veteran, and he was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal. He worked as an electrician for Hulsman Electric for 30 years, and he was then self-employed. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, American Legion Post #147, V.F.W. Post #673, and the Ireland Sportsman Club, in which he was one of the original founders.

Surviving are two daughters, Sarah Braunecker and her husband Mark of Ireland and Carol Wehr and her husband Roger of Velpen; two sons, Brett Stenftenagel and his wife Candice and Scott Stenftenagel and his wife, Karen, both of Ireland; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald “Dutch” Stenftenagel.

Preceding him in death besides his wife are two sisters, JoAnne Prechtel and one, who died and infancy and one brother, Jerome “Dimp” Stenftenagel

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lawrence E. “Larry” Stenftenagel will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military grave site rites.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund or a favorite charity.


 

Richard Lee Lichlyter, 76, of Jasper, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. C, arles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Rich was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on May 12, 1940, to the late Daniel and Jeneva (Kraft) Lichlyter.

He owned and operated Rich’s Gas Mart in Jasper for many years where he was a sponsor of Spike Gehlhausen’s Indianapolis 500 car. He also worked for Kimball at the Jasper Corporation and Heritage Hills locations.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandy Lichlyter of Boston, Maine, Chris Crane (David) of Alexandria, Vir.; one son, Scott Lichlyter of Huntingburg; four grandsons, Forrest, William and Sam Crane, and Hudson Roddy; two sisters, Dorothy Hall (Wallace) of Jasper and Sharon Lichlyter of Evansville; one brother, Donnie Lichlyter (Pete) of Jasper.

Preceding him in death was one sister Carolyn Lichlyter Petry, and three brothers, Daniel Jr, Bob, and John Lichlyter.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Lee Lichlyter will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, IN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

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


 

William A. “Whitey” Nordhoff, 75, of Jasper, passed away at 6:18 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

Whitey was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 17, 1941, to Clemence A. and Mary June (Cave) Nordhoff. He married Carmen Joan Hendrixson on November 16, 1961, in Our Lady of Springs Catholic Church in French Lick, Indiana.

He was a 1959 graduate of Loogootee Saint John’s High School.

He worked as a Distribution Engineer for the City of Jasper for 45 years.

Whitey was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper Lions Club, where he was past president and was instrumental in the development of the Lions Club Riverside Park.

He enjoyed drawing, traveling, and was an avid sports fan, and especially liked watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Surviving are his wife, Carmen Joan Nordhoff of Jasper; three children, Larry Nordhoff and wife Jenny, Sara Lindeman and husband David and Rob Nordhoff and wife Jill, all of Jasper; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Patty Henke and husband Allen of Jasper; one brother, Tom Nordhoff and wife Deb of Jasper

A Mass of Christian Burial for William A. “Whitey” Nordhoff will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Enlow Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. St. Joseph’s Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


 

David Joseph Fischer, 65, of St. Anthony, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Dave was born in Jasper, Indiana, on March 14, 1952, to Arthur J. and Lorene Rose (Blessinger) Fischer.

He was a 1970 graduate of Jasper High School. He then graduated from Lockyear Business College. He worked at Buehler’s Buy-Low and Save-A-Lot in Jasper for 45 years. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus. He enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are four sisters, Joan A. Schwenk (Louis), of Jasper, Marilyn C. English (Richard) of Vincennes, Diane M. Fischer of St. Anthony and Ramona A. Roach (Dale) of Bloomfield; two brothers, James Fischer (Shirley), and Gerald L. Fischer (Jane), both of Jasper; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and one sister, Donna Elizabeth Fischer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for David Joseph Fischer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and one hour before services at the church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, Dubois County Humane Society or to a favorite charity.


 

John Keith Schurz, 80, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

He was born October 7, 1936, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Karl and Mary Lee (Robling) Schurz.

John served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958, was a law enforcement officer, and a member of the Northside Christian Church in Huntingburg.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry (Patty) Schurz of Huntingburg; his sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Hub) Mundy of Huntingburg; and by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Northside Christian Church in Huntingburg with burial following at Mayo Cemetery near Duff. Minister Ron Frazier will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. 2366 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Friday morning. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Memorials can be made to Northside Christian Church or Mary Lee Schurz Scholarship Foundation.


 

Paul E. “Wid” Luker, 85, of Velpen, passed away at 9:45 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

He was born February 5, 1932, in Stendal, Indiana to Elmer and Ida (Hagemeyer) Luker; and was united in marriage to Berniece Stilwell on June 24, 2000, in Stendal.

Paul retired from Holland Dairy where he worked for 44 ½ years. He was a graduate of Stendal High School and a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Austin, Robert “Bob” and Kern Luker; and two stepchildren, Rita Carr and Anthony Hardin.

Paul is survived by his wife, Berniece (Hardin) Luker of Velpen; brother, Donald Luker of Stendal; sister, Karen Jones of Stendal; and two stepchildren, Tim Hardin of Velpen and Melissa Hardin of Otwell.

Funeral services for Paul “Wid” Luker will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Ray Stilwell officiating. Burial will follow at Stilwell Cemetery in Pikeville.

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


 

Mary Agnes Gehlhausen, 89, of Jasper, passed away at 4:05 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Mary Agnes was born in Cannelton, IN, on September 24, 1927, to William J. and Agnes H. (Snyder) Busam. She married Irvin J. Gehlhausen on May 15, 1946, in St. Michaels Catholic Church in Cannelton. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2003.

She was a homemaker and an artist who specialized in landscape paintings.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and their St. Ann’s Society. She was an oblate of St. Benedict, a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound, and a member of the Legion of Mary. She also volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was active in the Dubois County Art Guild.

She enjoyed painting, camping and hiking.

She is survived by three daughters, Julia Thomas of Evansville, Karen Summers of Woodland Park, Colo. and Kathy Barth (Jeff) of St. Anthony, one son, Mark Gehlhausen (Theresa) of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death beside her husband was one son, Joseph Gehlhausen, a daughter Mary Therese Gehlhausen who died in infancy, and a brother William J. Busam, who died in childbirth.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Agnes Gehlhausen will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Joseph St. Ann’s Society will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m.

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


 

Martin Luther “Luke” Byers, Jr., 86, of Huntingburg, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at North Park Nursing Center in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born September 4, 1930, in Huntingburg to Martin Luther Byers, Sr. and Verga (Wood) Byers. Martin was a driver for UPS, a member of the Huntingburg VFW Post #2366 and Jasper Legion. He also played in the Holland semi-pro baseball league.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Delores Byers.

Martin is survived by his children, Shari (James) Case of Evansville, Christi Byers of Evansville, Luke Alan (SeeBee) Byers of San Jose, California; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There was no public visitation. A private graveside service was held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Fairmount Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW 2366 Memorial Detail.

Nass and Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


 

Shirley S. Nicholson, 80, of Jasper, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Timbers in Jasper.

Shirley was born in Pike County, Indiana on February 24, 1937, to Raymond and Pearl (Pride) Padgett. She married Milton Nicholson on October 22, 1960, by the Justice of the Peace. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2008.

After working many years, she retired from Masterbrand.

She enjoyed watching Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racing, the Price is Right and working on word search puzzle books.

Surviving is one daughter Vicki Malvitz and husband Walter of Jasper; one son Kevin Nicholson and companion Marsha of Jasper; two sisters, Vera Leighty and Karen Bennett and husband Curly: five brothers, Robert Pride and wife Shirley, Gary Pride and wife Sue, Steven Pride and wife Mary Ann, Ferrell Pride, Bill Pride and his wife Laura; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, was one son Mark Nicholson.

A burial for Shirley Nicholson will be held at a later date


 

Virginia “Jeanie” Schroeder, 88, of Jasper, passed away at 3:34 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at home.

Jeanie was born in Perry County, Indiana on October 25, 1928, to Edwin and Viola (Wilmes) Bartley. She married Clarence Schroeder on October 19, 1948, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She was a homemaker and a charter member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Surviving are her husband, Clarence Schroeder of Jasper; three daughters, Karen Weyer and husband Rich, Brenda Scraper and husband Larry and Ann Schneider and husband Bob, all of Jasper; one son, Mark Schroeder and wife Marlene of Jasper; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Schmitt of Jasper; and her caregiver, Dorothy Hunt.

Preceding her in death was one sister, Valada Klem and one brother Larry Bartley.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia “Jeanie” Schroeder will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, IN, 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 Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

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


 

Norma A. (Hayden) Hall, 80, formerly of Evansville, died peacefully at her daughter’s residence in Huntingburg Tuesday, April 25, 2017, with her family by her side.

Norma was born on September 26, 1936, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to her loving parents, Alma (Willett) and J. B. Hayden.

Norma spent her life caring for others. She owned and operated her own daycare center for over twenty years and found great joy being near babies and little children. She was a very loving and faithful mother and enjoyed cooking for her family. In her leisure time, she enjoyed painting and crafts. She attended Dale Bible Church in Dale, Indiana.

Norma is survived by her daughter with whom she lived, Rebecca and her husband, Larry Hendrix, of Huntingburg; two sons, Kim Heath and his wife Ramona of Tallahassee, Fla. and Pastor Kevin Hall and his wife Veronica of Waukeenah, Fla.; sister, Geneva Scheller; brothers, Gene Hayden and his wife Dorothy, Edmond Hayden and his wife Sherry, all of Evansville, and James “Jim” Hayden and his wife Shirley of Newburgh; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Christopher C. Hall; sons, Greg Hall and Mark Heath; sister, Betty Lawson and her husband, Bill; brother, Lindle Hayden and his wife, Thelma; brother-in-law, Joe Scheller; and her sister-in-law, Wanda Hayden.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, April 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m CDT at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Avenue, Evansville, IN, 47711, with her son, Pastor Kevin Hall officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Evansville, IN.

Friends may visit on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 4:00 till 8:00 p.m. CDT at Browning Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to VIPS, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, 1906 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40218


 

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

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

He was a 1971 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School. Paul was a United States 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 grave site service for Paul E. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Bethany Cemetery in Washington, Indiana. The American Legion Post #121 will conduct military graveside rights.


 

Olive I. Whitten, 99, formerly of Dale, passed away at 6:17 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehab in Newburgh.

She was born November 17, 1917, in Huntingburg to William Hamilton and Merona Ellen (Songer) Cato and was united in marriage on March 12, 1937, to Ronald Whitten.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; and siblings, Clara Christopher, Roy Cato, Laura Rohleder, Mildred Emmons and Pearl Singer.

Olive is survived by five children, Barbara Whitten of Haysville, Rita Bell of Evansville, Karen (Don) Curtis of LaVaca, Ark., Terry (Carolyn) Whitten of Huntingburg and Tonda (Kevin) Fehribach of Holland; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

There will be no public visitation. Nass & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


 

Arthur “Junie” Buechler, 62, of Vincennes, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born in Jasper Indiana on September 21, 1954 to Arthur and Minnie (Fischer) Buechler.

Arthur was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church St. Celestine Campus.

He is survived by his sisters, Kathy Sivori (James) of Huntingburg and Mary Fleck (Wilfred) of Huntingburg; brother, Jim Buechler (Janet) of Celestine; sister-in-law, Ruth Buechler of Huntingburg.

Preceding him in death is one sister Rosie Knies and two brothers, Harold and Charles Buechler.

Funeral services for Arthur “Junie” Buechler will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial tofollow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dubois County Special Olympics or to St. Celestine Catholic Church.


 

Rick J. Denton, 59, of Holland, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Deaconess V.N.A. Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville.

He was born February 16, 1958, in Huntingburg and raised by Jack and Dixie (Seufert) Denton.

Rick worked as a carpenter and enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Denton, who died October 6, 2009; and one sister, Pam Blair.

Rick is survived by his son, Jeremiah J. Denton of Schnellville; his mother, Dixie Denton of Huntingburg; three siblings, Shawn Denton of Newburgh, Jack Denton Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina and Sandy Stillwell of Holland; his companion, Nancy Durcholz of Velpen; and two grandchildren, Charlotte Lisa Denton and Bear Alexander Denton both of Schnellville.

Private services will take place at a later date.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the disposition arrangements.


 

Marion Lee Murphy, 78, of St. Meinrad, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. 

Marion was born January 5, 1939, in Marietta, Ks. to George and Mary (Aurert) Murphy. He married Joyce Aders on October 24, 1970 in Las Vegas

Marion was a fireman for the Las Vegas Fire Department. He enjoyed golfing and trap shooting. He was a member of the Huntingburg Country Club and the Jasper Gun Club. 

Marion is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Leroy Wickham Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kent Wickham of Chadron, Neb.; two daughters, Victoria Zamrotto and Christine Scott, both of Las Vegas; one brother, Darrell Murphy; one sister, Eilena Goodwin; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marion was preceded in death by a son, Shane Wickham and five brothers, Robert, Dick, Merel, DeWayne and Thomas Murphy.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in St. Meinrad Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. CDT until service time at the church.


 

Esther E. Boeglin, 92, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born September 10, 1924, in Ferdinand to Louis & Theresia (Weyer) Durcholz. She married Ralph A. Boeglin on April 29, 1950, in St. Ferdinand Church. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1979.

Esther was a member of Christ the King, St. Ferdinand Parish. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening & flowers, canning, farming, & crocheting.

She is survived by one son, Erwin (Doretha) Boeglin of Ferdinand; two daughters, Darlene A. Boeglin and Marilyn Welp, both of Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Marinus Durcholz and a grandson, Michael Boeglin.

Funeral services for Esther E. Boeglin will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Ferdinand Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church.


 

Rae Inez Bell, 79, of Huntingburg, went to be with her Lord Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m., April 20, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born January 21, 1938, in Wenatchee, Washington to Roy and Grace (Tipton) Webster.

She was a housekeeper at Oakland City University for many years before becoming a CNA at Memorial Hospital and various nursing homes. She was a member of the Red Hat Society Club, Angel Missions, and First Church of the Nazarene of Huntingburg.

Rae was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Trina McClain and Debra K. Bell; brother, Gary Webster; and two grandsons, Jared Hale and William “B.J.” Jack Roger Green.

She is survived by three children, William D. “Bill” (Valerie) Bell of Smiley, Texas, Shirley A. Bell of Winslow, and Nina M. (David Wayne) Mathias of Huntingburg; one sister, Joni Rodgers of Fort Branch; by ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rae Inez Bell will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Rev. William Covey will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00- to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be given to the Activities Department at The Waters of Huntingburg.


 

Alexa “Lexi” Layne Mattingly, 16, of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born May 8, 2000, in Jasper to Gene and Traci (Roberts) Mattingly.

Lexi was a sophomore student at Southridge High School where she was a member of the basketball and tennis teams, student council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was also a member of the Holland United Methodist Church, U.M.Y.F., and 4-H Wranglers.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Frederick Mattingly.

Lexi is survived by her parents, Gene and Traci Mattingly of Holland; brother, Payton Scott Mattingly and sister, Ella Grace Mattingly both at home; grandparents, Cheryle and John Daunhauer of Holland, Stan and Judy Roberts of Holland, and Mrs. Frances Mattingly of Vancleave, Miss.; and by aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Alexa “Lexi” Layne Mattingly will be held at noon on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Holland United Methodist Church in Holland with burial to follow at the Holland United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and also at the Holland United Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Memorial contributions can be made to The Lexi Mattingly Memorial Fund c/o German American Bank


 

Kenny C. Mehringer, 72, of Ireland, Indiana passed away at 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Heritage Center in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on February 27, 1945, to Leo W. and Mary (Goeppner) Mehringer and married Betty Dilger on May 20, 1967.

Kenny was a retired cabinet maker and a farmer. He was a member St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland and the Ireland Knight of Columbus where he served as a past grand Knight. Kenny enjoyed fishing, going to the casino and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Brian K. Mehringer of Ireland; daughter, Amy J. Eger (Brian) of Evansville; two grandchildren, Jarod and Lauren; sister, Linda Underhill (Johnny) of Ferdinand.

Funeral services for Kenny Mehringer will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland with burial to follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Ireland Knights of Columbus will have a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be to St. Mary Catholic Church or to The Arc of Evansville.


 

Stephen Travis Smith, 37, of Huntingburg, passed away at 11:04 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville due to complications from an extended illness.

He was born July 6, 1979, in Lafayette, Indiana to Stephen and Donna (Albertson) Smith; and was married to Crystal Schwartz on October 8, 2016.

Travis worked as a millwright for the Millwrights’ Local Union #1076.  He was a Purdue and Cubs sports fan, enjoyed music, and loved spending time with his children.

Travis is survived by his wife, Crystal Smith of Huntingburg; two daughters, Olivia and Alexis Smith; one stepdaughter, Adalynn Schwartz; his mother, Donna Smith-Parks of Huntingburg; his father and stepmother, Stephen (Laura) Smith of Wingate; his brother and sister-in-law, Dustin (Carrie) Smith of Waynetown; his grandmother, Louise Albertson of Huntingburg; and by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Deacon Jim Webb officiating. Burial will take place the following day; graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Boswell Cemetery in Boswell, Indiana.

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


 

Ambrose H. Schwenk, 72, of Jasper, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at home.

Ambrose was born in Jasper, IN on March 5, 1945, to Jerome and Magdalen (Reker) Schwenk. He married Jane Block on April 27, 1968, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Ambrose was an Indiana Army National Guard Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper. He was a proud graduate of the Ireland High School Class of 1963. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He was an avid fan of I.U. Sports, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers. He loved gardening, golf, fishing and hunting.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Schwenk of Jasper; one son, Brian Schwenk of Jasper; two sisters, Pat Sternberg of Jasper and Carol Walters (Joe) of Indianapolis; two brothers, Brother Flavian Schwenk O.S.B. of St. Meinrad and Fred Schwenk (Joyce) of Washington.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Catherine “Katie” Schwenk.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ambrose H. Schwenk will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The Jasper American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN.

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


 

James F. Lueken, 83, of Ferdinand, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

He was born August 30, 1933, in Ferdinand to Joseph F. and Olivia P. (Nord) Lueken. He married Bernadette “Daisy” Sitzman on May 6, 1954, in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church. She preceded him in death on November 20, 2016.

James was a co-owner of the former Lueken Lumber Company, and owner of Custom Decks & Specialty. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand, its St. Joseph Sodality and a former member of the church finance Committee. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, Jasper # 1949, The Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a former member of the Ferdinand Jaycees, and a past president, Ferdinand Investment Corporation, and Ferdinand Community Center.

Surviving are one son, Jonathan Lueken of Ferdinand and one daughter, Kristine (Brian) Braunecker of Ferdinand; Three grandsons. Benjamin and Noah Braunecker and Zachary Lueken; two sisters, Barbara (Jim) Schaefer of Wadesville and Mary Jo (Dennis) Tretter of Fort Wayne; two sisters-in-law, Nita Lueken of Ferdinand and Loraine Lueken of Iowa; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for James Lueken will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Christ the King, St. Ferdinand Parish, with military graveside rites to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Church.


 

Roberta C. McGovren, 99, Jasper, passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Roberta was born in Jasper, Indiana on June 19, 1917, to Robert J. and Josephine (Schmitt) Fuhs. She married Joseph J. McGovren on June 7, 1941, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2000.

Roberta operated Roberta’s Beauty Shop before her marriage. She was a licensed insurance agent and worked at R. J. Fuhs Agency for more than 50 years and retired at the age of 96.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, and their St. Ann’s Society, and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She was a member of the American Legion Post #147 Auxiliary and the VFW Post #673 Auxiliary. Roberta was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and enjoyed watching IU Basketball and doing word-search puzzles. She was previously active in the Dubois County Mental Health Association and was an excellent seamstress.

Roberta and her husband Joe were Friends of Bill W and touched many lives through their involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. They attended AA conventions all across the United States.

Surviving are two sons, Jim (Linda) Mc Govren and John (Susan) McGovren, both of Jasper, one grandson, Matt (Kelly ) McGovren of New York City, and one granddaughter, Shea (Brad) Fleck of Indianapolis.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one son Michael McGovren and one daughter Maureen McGovren.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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


 

Anthony H. Denu Jr., 87, of Dubois, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Walnut Creek Care Facility in Evansville, Indiana.

Jr. was born in Dubois, Indiana on November 27, 1929 to Anthony Sr. and Cecelia (Hentrup) Denu. He married Marie Giesler on May 8, 1951 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. He was a 1947 graduate of Dubois High School. He was a lifelong farmer.

Junior was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church – St. Raphael Campus in Dubois, a past president of the County Council, a member of the Young Democrats, where he was the District Treasurer, the Dubois Jaycees, the Community Club of Dubois, the Executive Furniture Board of Directors, the 4-H Council, the Board of Directors of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Dubois County Park Board, and he was awarded the Young Farmer of the Year Award in 1961.

He enjoyed community work and gardening.

Surviving are his wife Marie Denu of Dubois; five children, Charlotte Seger (Keith) of Evansville, Duane Denu (Rosemarie) of Dubois, Janet Abbey (Jon) of Evansville, Mark Denu (Ann) of Dubois, Kevin Denu (Andrea) of Dubois; 14 grandchildren; 27 grandchildren; and one brother, Hilmar Denu (Rosemary) of Dubois.

Preceding him in death are three half sisters, Matilda Sullivan, Evelyn Bauer, and Leona Howell, and seven half-brothers, Leo J., Albert, Emil and Gilbert Denu and Odillo, Ralph, and Joe Terwiske.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony H. Denu Jr. will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Church, the Dubois County Community Foundation -Urban and June Giesler – Brookside Nursing Fund or to a favorite charity.


 

Kenneth R. Hochgesang, 72, of Jasper,  passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Kenneth was born in Washington, Indiana on September 9, 1944 to Martin J. and Louise (Bachman) Hochgesang.

He retired from Crop Production Services in Jasper and previously worked for Jasper Plant Foods. He was a member of the Ireland Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed farming, especially driving tractors, and visiting with friends.

He is survived by two sisters, Emma Hochgesang-Noffsinger and husband Tom of Cornelia, Ga. and Monica Hochgesang-Roy of Chandler; two brothers, Larry Hochgesang of Jasper and Mike Hochgesang and wife Pat of Jasper; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Mary Rodriguez and Martha A. Hochgesang; and one brother, Charles Hochgesang.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth R. Hochgesang will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


 

Pauline Keller, 77, of Dubois, passed away on Friday evening, April 14, 2017, at her home in Dubois.

She was born in Greenwood, Indiana on December 6, 1939, to Malcolm and Bertha (Lane) McDowell. She married Ralph H. Keller on June 3, 1958, at Greenwood, Indiana. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1991.

Pauline retired from Northwood Retirement Community Center in Jasper and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. She was previously a member of the Emanuel Hill Church at Dubois. She loved her pet kittens and gardening.

She is survived by her son, John Keller and partner Melanie Alles of Newburgh; daughter, Deborah Vonderschmitt (Mark) of Louisville; grandchildren, Benjamin, Kendrick and partner Celeste Quire and Timothy (Kayla) Vonderschmitt, Kaitlin (Tyler) Harris; great-granddaughter, Adelaide Vonderschmitt.

Preceding her in death are a sister, Betty Bleemel, and one brother, David McDowell.

Funeral services for Pauline Keller will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Emanuel Hill Church Cemetery at Dubois.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. Thursday until the 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home.


 

Otto J. Kress, 95, of Jasper, passed away at 5:42 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Otto was born in Jasper, Indiana on May 15, 1921, to Michael and Rosalia (Berger) Kress. He married Mary L. Bockelman on February 7, 1942, in St. Joseph Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on January 7, 2016.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in WWII, and a member of the VFW Post #673, and a member and past commander of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Otto was a co-owner and retired from Hoosierland Insurance Agency in 1986. He previously was a partner in the Knies and Kress Tile Company.

Surviving are two daughters, Kaye Kress of Jasper and Jane Seidl and husband Ken of Jasper; one daughter-in-law, Aggie Kress (John) of Jasper; two sons, William “Bill” Kress and wife Michelle of Jasper and Mark “Marty” Kress of Jasper; 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death besides his wife were two sons; Joseph and John Kress, two daughters; Marilyn and Barbara Kress, two great-grandchildren, Sawyer Beckman and Kasen Goepfrich, one sister, Claudine Linville, and five brothers, Bernard, Robert, Hubert, Edwin and Thomas Kress.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Otto J. Kress will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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


 

Glenn H. Gramelspacher, 91, of Jasper, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at home in Jasper surrounded by family, both at his side, and via FaceTime from Georgia, Alaska, South Carolina, Florida, and Arizona.

Glenn was born in Jasper on August 25, 1925, to Claude A. and Marie G. (Cassidy) Gramelspacher. He married Jane Salb on August 6, 1949, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on January 2, 2015.

He graduated from Jasper High School in early 1943 as class president. After enlisting in the Navy before his 18th birthday, Glenn entered engineering school at Purdue University in the spring of 1943. He finished his undergraduate degree in 22 months. He was commissioned as an ensign and served his country for four years aboard the USS Pickens. Glenn was honorably discharged and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue.

Glenn’s life was one of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post #147, and the Forty and Eight, where he served as a past commander, the VFW Post #673, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, and the Knights of Columbus, where he was a past Grand Knight. He served on Fairview Cemetery Board, was a president of the Jasper County Club, and a Serra Club member. He also served on the Board of Directors for the following: Memorial Hospital, St. Meinrad Abbey, Dubois County Bank, Jasper Seating Company, JOFCO, Jasper Wood Products, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, and the National Association of Furniture Manufacturers. Glenn was also a proud Kentucky Colonel.

Since his retirement, Glenn attended daily mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was a lifelong member and served as a past chairman of the parish council. After mass, he attended a roundtable discussion at Headquarters Restaurant which came to be affectionately known as “the Table of Knowledge.” There is now a seat open at the table for an honest, decent, God fearing man, who enjoys discussing how to solve all of the world’s problems.

Surviving is one son, Glenn H. Gramelspacher II and his wife Margaret, Summerfield, Fla; four daughters, Sherry Philbrick of Jasper, Terry Habig and her husband Tom Howell of Palm Coast, Fla., Lisa Pugh and her husband Tim, Alpharetta Georgia, Micki Jerry and her husband Kevin, Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; Nick and Chris Gramelspacher, Boomer Philbrick, Colby, Kelly (Gabriel) and Luke Habig, Brady and Brittney (Little) Pugh, and Brock Jerry; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Alice Schutz of Indianapolis.

Preceding him in death besides his wife were three brothers, Robert, Kenneth, and Fr. Bert Gramelspacher, MM.

Funeral services for Glenn Gramelspacher will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct Military Gravesite Rites.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Monday, April 17th, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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


 

Eugene “Gene” L. Welp, 81, passed away at 11:20 am on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Gene was born on July 10, 10 1935 in St. Marks, the son of Clement and Cornelia (Schulte) Welp. He married LaVerne Fleck on June 12, 1958.

Gene was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery and he started Washington Auto Trim in September of 1960, and owned and operated it for over 56 years. He also was a member of the Park and Spark Car Club and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Welp of Washington; son, Keith Welp and his wife Mitzi of Washington; daughter, Sheri Fields and her husband Rocky of Washington; brother, Don Welp and his wife Joan of Jasper; sister, Kathy Wanninger and her husband Joe of Jasper; grandchildren, Brittany Bean and her husband Luke, Brittany Derr and her husband Chris, Todd Clark, Luke Fields, Emily Fields, Mikel Alcantar, Maria Alcantar; and six great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Joseph Welp, grandson, Ryan Keith Welp and a sister, Darlene Senninger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 305 North 2nd Street, Montgomery, with Rev. James Koressel celebrating. Friends may visit with Genes family on Monday, from 3 p.m. until the start of the Funeral Mass of 5:00 pm and at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass until 8 p.m. at the church. A private burial will be held at a later date at Sugarland Memory Gardens.

Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway, Vincennes has been entrusted with Genes final arrangements.


 

Donald Eugene Leibering, 74, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born November 13, 1942, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Walter Eugene and Alberta Helen (Meyer) Leibering and was united in marriage to Glenda Jay Frick on July 25, 1964, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Don worked for the City of Huntingburg for 42 years as a lineman with the Electric Department. He was an avid fisherman; a veteran of the United States Army; and a member of the Huntingburg V.F.W. Post #2366 and Jasper American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Leibering; and his daughter, Stacy Lynn Durcholz.

He is survived by his son, Timothy Leibering of Jasper; his mother, Alberta Helen Leibering of Huntingburg; four brothers, Steve Leibering of Ferdinand, Gary Leibering, Doug Leibering and Richard Leibering, all of Huntingburg; five grandchildren, Justin Leibering, Nathan Leibering, Erica Rainey, Brooklyn Harris and Luke Durcholz; and two great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral services for Donald Leibering will be held at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 15, 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.  Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and also from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center.


 

Larry Hochmeister, 71, passed away at 9:27 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Larry was born in Huntingburg on February 28, 1946, to Lewis and Edna (Jones) Hochmeister. He married Kris Elliott on June 23, 1973, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

Larry was a 1964 graduate of Huntingburg High School and was a 1977 graduate of Purdue University. He was a United States Army veteran, who served and was wounded during Vietnam. He previously worked in purchasing at Masterbrand Cabinets for 19 years, and most recently has been a wood products sales representative for Mears Quality Products for over 15 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the V.F.W. Post #673. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bicycling, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kris Hochmeister of Jasper; two daughters, Lisa Valle (Laurent) of Fishers and Jayme Roos of Jasper; one son, Nick Hochmeister (Jenna) of Evansville; seven grandchildren; one sister, Retta Ferguson (Irvin) of Greensburg, Ind.; one brother, Gordon Hochmeister (Jean) of Washington.

Preceding him in death are one sister, Jan Blackgrove, and two brothers, Fred and Noble Hochmeister.

A service for Larry Hochmeister will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Mayo Cemetery in Duff, Indiana. The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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


Keith Allen Uebelhor, 61, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

He was born April 30, 1955, in Huntingburg to Lee and Coletta “Lett” (Bueltel) Uebelhor.

Keith was a graduate of Forest Park High School, Class of 1973. He enjoyed sports and music. He was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and Notre Dame sports. He also enjoyed high school baseball and taking walks.

Survivors include two daughters, Tricia (Jeff) DeLong of Evansville and Lauren (Anthony) Emerson of Jasper; three grandchildren, Emma Emerson, Jaxon DeLong, and Tyler Emerson; one sister, Susan (Mike) McCubbin of Louisville; and two brothers, Greg (Rhonda) Uebelhor and Eric (Jackie) Uebelhor, both of Ferdinand.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joseph Uebelhor, in infancy.

A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


 

Mary Leinenbach, 75, of Jasper, passed away at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Brookside Village Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on November 25, in 1941 to Gertrude (O’Brien) Berry. She married Thomas “Bud” Leinenbach on June 15, 1963, in St. Stephens Cathedral in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Mary, a registered nurse, was a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville. She had worked for the late Thomas Gootee, MD and later as a volunteer school nurse in Jasper. Her passion was family as well as Irish and German genealogy.  She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and their Blessed Virgin Sodality.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas “Bud” Leinenbach; daughter, Amy Leinenbach of Jasper; son, Matt Leinenbach (Brandi) of Jasper; grandchildren; Maya Adams (Aaron), Luna Summers, Walker Leinenbach, Christian Leinenbach, Sasha Summers, Emma Leinenbach; great-granddaughter, Fern Summers; sister, Margaret Wiley MD of Indianapolis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday by the blessed Virgin Sodality at the funeral home.

Terrence Michael Hair, 43, of Jasper, passed away in the hospital in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 30, 2017, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born Dec. 11, 1973, to Robert Lee Green and Patricia Wamback.

Terrence was a student at Delta College in Michigan and was due to graduate in May with a degree in architectural design.

He was an athlete and a strong swimmer. He was also a man with an incredibly sensitive and caring nature. He was not self-centered even in his dying days, but was rather tenderly concerned about those who were precious to him. He will long be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and friend.

He leaves behind his wife, Mrs. Sabrina Hair; seven children; his mother, Mrs. Wamback; and a large family of siblings and cousins.

He and his family attended the Jasper Seventh-day Adventist Church which currently meets at the Jasper First Presbyterian Church, 3240 St. Charles St., Jasper, on Saturdays. A memorial service will be conducted at the church at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Pastor Wes McDonald will preside.


 

P. Debbie Lynch, 62, of Dubois, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Timbers of Jasper, Indiana.

Debbie was born in Richmond, Indiana on February 24, 1955, to Emmitt and Patsy Sue (Hensley) Roddy. She married J. David Lynch Sr. on June 15, 1973 in Richmond, Indiana. He preceded her in death on October 1, 2007.

She was a homemaker and also worked for Rural King in Jasper for many years. She loved her horses and pets. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Surviving are two sons, Jason Lynch (Joni), and John Lynch (Amy) both of Dubois; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Trish Persohn (Jason) of Dubois; one brother, Kenny Roddy of Cambridge City, Ind.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, were her parents.

Funeral Services for Debbie Lynch will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Becher Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Haysville Community Cemetery. Pastor David King will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time on Monday April 10, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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


 

Jeanette L. Fink, Ferdinand, formerly of St. Louis, passed away, Wednesday morning, April 5, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Jeanette was born March 15, 1936, to Joseph and Florence (Sikes) Gendron in St. Genevieve, Missouri. She was married to Donald Fink until his passing on December 30, 1995.

Jeanette was an accountant. She enjoyed cross-stitching and reading.

Jeanette is survived by two sons, Brian (Sue) Fink of Ferdinand and Greg (Katie) Fink of Ballwin, Mo.; one daughter, Karen (John) Bixler of Lake Wales, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Jeanette was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Gendron and a grandson, Matthew Fink.

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

Friends may call Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.


 

Kathy M. Helming, 59, of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Baptist Health in Madisonville, Kentucky.

She was born January 25, 1958, in Jasper to Lawrence and Helen (Becher) Durcholz. She married Thomas “Babe” Helming on June 22, 1991, in Jasper.

Kathy was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and St. Anthony Conservation Club. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and plants. She loved her dog, Ace.

Kathy was the director of dietary services at Scenic Hills Care Center and also worked at Kimball.

She is survived by her husband Thomas “Babe” Helming; one daughter, Tia Helming of Evansville; one sister, Phyllis Schue of Ireland; three brothers, Mark (Joann) Durcholz of French Lick and Scott and Pat (Debbie) Durcholz, all of Sheridan, Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Kathy Helming will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand.v

Rose Marie “Toots” Kunkler, 79, of St. Anthony, passed away at 1:49 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Toots was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 10, 1937, to Leo and Philomena (Stetter) Horney. She married Clarence “Ponce” Kunkler on August 30, 1958, in St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2017.

Toots retired from Masterbrand where she had worked for several years. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus and the St. Anthony Christian Mothers. She enjoyed traveling, flower gardening and spending time with her two cats and her dog, Buddy.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Tuggle (Kevin) and Glenda Theising (Jeff), both of Jasper, and one half-brother, Gary Stasienko (Beth), Painesville, OH.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Marie “Toots” Kunkler will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 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. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and one hour before services at the church. St. Anthony Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity.


 

Martha Ann Habig, 90, of Greensboro, N.C., peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Camden Place in Greensboro.

Martha was born on October 26, 1926, in Van Buren, Arkansas.

She was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for over 50 years. She was also an avid and active member of the golf community in High Point and loved playing bridge.

Martha was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Brodie Robinson; her husband of 54 years, Francis Habig; three sisters and one brother.

Survivors include her children and their families, daughters, Kathleen (Jim) Crisson, Jeannine Martin and Emily Habig; her sons, Chris (Gena) Habig, Mike (Betty) Habig, and Daniel (Gwen) Habig; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in High Point. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral Mass in the narthex of the Church.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21297.

Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to serve the Habig family


 

Ralph “Skip” Bauer, 75, passed away at 6:45 a.m. on April 2, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

He was born in Cannelton on October 7, 1941, son of the late Ralph, Sr. and Imogene (Peckenpaugh) Bauer. His wife, Sharlen Bauer, preceded him in death in 2011.

Also preceding him in death was a brother, Richard Bauer; and a sister, Mary Kay Litkenhus.

Skip graduated from Cannelton High School. He was a boilermaker and enjoyed buying vehicles and playing cards.

He is survived by his daughter, Ginger Collins of Jasper; granddaughter, Kayla Collins of Jasper; and a close friend and caregiver, Cynthia Kerstiens of Jasper.

Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Greenwood Cemetery, State Road 37 N., Tell City.

Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, will be handling his arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

A luncheon to celebrate Skip’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. CDT/11:30 a.m. EDT at Los Bravos in Jasper.


 

Anna Malinda Kern, 90, of Jasper, formerly of Fulda, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center, Jasper.

She was born March 2, 1927, in Perry County Indiana to Andrew & Agnes (Zoglman) Sitzman. She was united in marriage to Leo P. Kern on February 15, 1947, in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1988.

Anna was a member of Saint Boniface Parish in Fulda and its Ladies Sodality. She was an active member of the quilting group at Saint Boniface. She was a former regional farm bureau woman’s leader. She was a member of a Tell City square dancing club, a lifetime member of Farm Bureau, the Fulda Sportsman Club and Spencer County Co-Op. She traveled to every state in the U.S and visited Canada and Mexico. She enjoyed quilting, square dancing, crossword puzzles, reading the farmer’s almanac, gardening and canning vegetables and working with flowers.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Franchville of Tell City and Sandra (Gary) Ward of Santa Claus; two sons, Louis (Karen) Kern of Fulda and Ken (Annette) Kern of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Simon of Jasper; 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Leroy and Bobby Kern; her parents; a grandson, Aaron Franchville;, one son-in-law, Bud Franchville; three brothers, Roman, Dan and Ronnie Sitzman; and two sisters, Rose Marie Pfieffer and Romilda Oser.

Funeral services for Anna Kern will be held at 10:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday, April 5th in Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday and from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church or a favorite charity.


 

Simon C. Voges Jr., 73, of Jasper, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Simon was born in Evansville on February 16, 1944, to Simon A. and Frieda (Jasper) Voges. He married Martha J. Buechler on October 7, 1967, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He retired as a butcher and had previously worked in insurance sales.

Simon retired from the Indiana Army National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper and their military honor guard. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Joseph Holy Name Society, a past grand-knight of the Jasper Knights of Columbus and the Jasper Jaycees.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

He is survived by his wife Martha Voges of Jasper; two sons, Kevin Voges of Evansville and Brian Voges of Terre Haute and fiancé Jamie Bolton; four grandchildren, Emily and Aaron Voges, and Adam and Sarah Voges.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Eileen Nordhoff and LaVerne Knies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Simon C. Voges Jr. will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery Jasper. The Jasper American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN. The St. Joseph Church will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m.

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


 

Norman L. Libbert, 83, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:30 a.m., on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born December 11, 1933, in Warrick County, Indiana to Elmer J. and Lorene (Wilsbacher) Libbert.

Norman graduated from Boonville High School in 1952 and served in the United States Air Force from 1952-56. He was united in marriage to Carol Dupps on February 13, 1960, at Saint Joseph’s Church in Jasper. Norman worked as a cost accountant and retired from Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and the Y.M.I. Club. He was an avid reader and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Harold Libbert and Judy Sherman.

Norman is survived by his wife, Carol Libbert of Huntingburg; six children, Doug (Mary) Libbert of Jasper, Tammy (Steve) Altstadt of Boonville, Kerry (Krista) Libbert of Jasper, Kim (Chuck) Johnson of Jasper, Jeff (Janel) Libbert of Jasper, and Tess (George) Fleming of Evansville; three brothers, Lloyd (Judy) Libbert of Dale, Bob (Jackie) Libbert of Boonville and Jerry (Nancy) Libbert of Santa Claus; sister-in-law, Kathleen Libbert of Evansville; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 5, 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 Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday. A parish rosary and Y.M.I. service will be held at 3:00 p.m.EDT Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingburg Public Library or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


 

Philomena D. Gogel, 77, of Mariah Hill, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

She was born August 11, 1939, in Tell City to Taylor and Catherine (Peter) Jones. Philomena married Andrew “Jack” Gogel on September 7, 1959, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tell City.
Philomena was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. She was a religious education teacher and volunteered at Scenic Hills Care Center for 25 years. She was a 4-H leader for 19 years.

Philomena is survived by her husband, Andrew “Jack” Gogel of Mariah Hill; one son, Mark (Terri) Gogel of Dale; two daughters, Kimberly (Jeff) Sibrel of Santa Claus, and Annette “Annie” Gunselman and companion Sarah Ewart both of Santa Claus; one brother, Wayne A. (Rita) Jones of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Taylor and Tucker Gogel and Whitney Lynn, Logan and Lauren Sibrel, Kirstie and Matthew Gunselman.

Philomena was preceded in death by one sister, Ramona Jones, in infancy.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. CDT at Mary Help of Christian Church in Mariah Hill and Monday from 9 a.m. CDT until service time at 10 a.m. CDT. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Benedict or a favorite charity.


 

Eugene I. Freyberger, 65, of Atkinson, N.H., passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, Mass.

He was born in Jasper on December 4, 1951, a son of Elmer and Willma (Schnarr) Freyberger. Prior to moving to Atkinson, Gene was a long time resident of Londonderry, N.H.

Prior to his employment with Astronics Aerostat in Amherst, N.H., Gene was a long time employee of Digital Equipment Company (Compaq and HP) and iRobot. Gene loved his family, the outdoors, nature walks with his wife, traveling with friends and time spent with the Cotuit Bay Community on Cape Cod. Gene was a ballroom dancer, golfer, Celtics fan, and good friend to many.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Cynthia Freyberger; daughter, Erica Freyberger of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son, Jonathan Freyberger of Ayer, Mass.; sister, Martha DeBruin and husband Robert, of Kuwait; brother, Donald Freyberger and wife, Nancy, of Haysville; aunt, Joan Bauer of Jasper; uncle, Linus Schnarr and wife, Sue of Jasper; many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Eugene is predeceased by his brother, James Freyberger of Haysville.

Following cremation, a Memorial Service was held in Londonderry, N.H. on April 1, 2017. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor Brookline, MA 02445-7226.


 

Edward George Kupper, 83, of Huntingburg, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

He was born October 6, 1933, in Saint Meinrad to Herman and Margaret (Stratman) Kupper. Edward married Peggy J. Eckert on October 6, 2010, in Huntingburg.

He was employed as a steel worker in Martinsville until his retirement. He was a member of Northside Christian Church and enjoyed playing rummy, working word puzzles, watching wrestling and Family Feud.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Goller, Theresa Kline, Helen Kelvins, Ann Hurm, Eugene, Clemines and John Kupper.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy J. (Eckert) Kupper of Huntingburg; his children, Gabriel “Gabe” (Sherry) Kupper of Winslow, Suzette (Doug) Bolin of Holland, Melissa (Chuck) Garrett of Stendal; step daughter, Angie (Ed) Harper of DuQuoin, Ill.; brother, Joe Kupper of Huntingburg; by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral 2:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Northside Christian Church in Huntingburg with burial at Fairmount Cemetery.  Pastor Ron Frazier will officiate.

Visitation 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements by Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorials can be made to Northside Christian Church.


 

James L. Hartwick, 60, of Celestine, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at home.

Jim was born in Jasper on January 17, 1957, to Alfred and Dolores (Haefling) Hartwick. He married Debbie Eckert on August 28, 1982, in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

He worked for Versteel in Jasper and previously worked for Design Institute of America and in construction.

He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, the North American Hunting Club, and the North American Fishing Club.

He enjoyed hunting, trapping, cutting wood, mushroom and ginseng hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie Hartwick, Celestine, two daughters, Jami Englert (Matt), Dubois, Mary Buechlein (Ben), Dubois, one son, Jesse Hartwick (Harley Brinkman), three grandchildren, Mason and Jessa Englert, and Wesson Buechlein, and mother, Dolores Hartwick-Brosmer.

Preceding him in death were his father Alfred Hartwick, and his step-father Norman Brosmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for James L. Hartwick will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity.


 

Pala Fay Peach, 45, of Newburgh, formerly of Holland, went to be with Jesus on March 28, 2017, in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

She was born November 6, 1971, at the hospital in Huntingburg to Jerlene Ann (Todrank) and Robert Paul Peach.

Pala grew up in Holland where she attended grade school and then went on to graduate from Southridge High School and the University of Southern Indiana, where she received her bachelor of science degree. She completed her clinical studies at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she graduated as a Registered Medical Technologist.  Pala lived in Aspen, Colorado for ten years.  She loved the mountains and all the outdoor winter activities, and always looked forward to attending family reunions at Burdette Park.

In her later years, Pala enjoyed traveling as an RMT, accepting work assignments in many states. She had just finished such an assignment at Midwestern Regional Medical Cancer Center in Northern Chicago and was ready to go to her next assignment in Elko, Nevada when she passed away. Pala made friends easily and has left behind many friends in the hospital laboratories where she worked.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Bob, who passed away in August 2006.

She is survived by her mother, Jerlene A. Peach of Evansville; siblings, Perry Jay (Donna) Peach of Henderson, KY, Pamela Kay Peach of San Antonio, TX, Philip Ray (Jenny) Peach and Paul Jeffray (Christi) Peach both of Newburgh; uncles, Joe (Jan) Todrank and Gary (Jeanne) Peach; cousins, Jayne, Janet, Tim, Tom, Denny, Penny and Anne; and her godchild, Payton Mattingly.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Holland United Methodist Church in Holland with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Monday and also at church one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children’s Hospital in honor of Kaiden Todrank or to the Holland United Methodist Cemetery Fund.


 

Veril McClure, 89, of Augusta, Indiana, passed away at 5:15 a.m., C.D.T., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

He was born January 14, 1928, in Stendal, Indiana to Hoyt and Florence (Lee) McClure. He was united in marriage to Mina M. Patterson in May of 1999 at Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church in Augusta.

Veril worked in mechanical maintenance at Alcoa and was a member of Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing trips to Lake Okeechobee in Florida.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alberta (Shelton) McClure, who passed away on January 16, 1997; one brother, Robert McClure; one sister, Janice Milton; and his grandson, Clint McClure.

He is survived by his wife, Mina M. McClure of Augusta; two sons, Kerry (Vicki) McClure and Mark McClure both of Winslow; four stepchildren, John (Eowyn) Gregory of Huntingburg, Dorleskia (Larry) Maikranz of Newburgh, Joseph Gregory of Boise, Idaho, and Angela (Aron) O’Neal of Stendal; by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Veril McClure will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church in Augusta with burial to follow at Augusta Cemetery.  Pastor Jerry “Tuffy” Blackwell 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 Friday; and also at the church from 1:00-2:00 p.m., E.D.T., Saturday, prior to the funeral.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church.


 

Andrew Clarence Schneider, 72, of Birdseye, passed away at 4:52 a.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born July 1, 1944, in Huntingburg to Orville and Bernadette K. (Merkley) Schneider and was united in marriage to Kathy Cummins in 1995 in Birdseye.

Mr. Schneider worked as a tri-axle truck driver in construction. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. He also enjoyed horseback riding, camping and tractor pulls.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gary Schneider and Orville “Buck” Schneider, Jr.

Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife, Kathy Schneider of Birdseye; one daughter, Angela (Thomas) Gogel of Bretzville; two sons, Mark A. (Vicky) Schneider of New Salisbury, and Jay (Jennifer) Schneider of Schnellville; two brothers, Kenny (Monica) Schneider of Schnellville, and Thomas (Mary) Schneider of Schnellville; four sisters, Marilyn (Morris) Hedinger of St. Anthony, Cathy (George) Tolbert of Paoli, Connie (Randy) Thewes of Celestine, and Doris Haas of Jasper; by nine grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Andrew C. Schneider will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville with burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Christopher Droste.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday.  A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


 

Martina B. Thewes, 94, of Celestine, passed away at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Brookside Village in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 3, 1922, to John and Mary (Seger) Werner. She married Alois H. Thewes on June 17, 1941, in St Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2011.

Martina was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Isadore Parish – St. Celestine Campus and the St. Ann’s Ladies Sodality and the Celestine Community Club. She retired from Aristokraft in Jasper where she had worked for 20 years. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and playing cards.

She is survived by five daughters, Janice Knies (Dave), Kathy Vogler (Tony), Cheryl Haas (Kevin), all of Jasper, Mary Rohleder (Steve) of Bretzville and Karen Mehringer (Tony) of Schnellville; six sons, Larry Thewes (Marilyn), Allen Thewes, Randy Thewes (Connie), Kevin Thewes, all of Celestine, Jim Thewes (Connie) of Jasper and Leon Thewes (Donna) of St Anthony; son-in-law, Tom Fickas Sr. Colorado Springs, Colo.; 32 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Annetta Mehling of Ferdinand.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one son, Jerry Thewes; one daughter, Doris Fickas; three brothers, Roman, Joseph and Walter Werner and two infant sisters.

Funeral services for Martina Thewes will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017, in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

Friends may call from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Rosary will be held at 11:45 a.m. Sunday by the St. Ann’s Ladies Sodality.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isadore Parish or a favorite charity.


 

Richard E. Weisheit, 68, of Jasper, passed away at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday, March 28,2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born at Huntingburg, Indiana on September 5, 1948 to Walter J. and Lucy (Anderson) Weisheit.

He was disabled for many years and had been a resident of the Timbers in Jasper for many years. Richard was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. He enjoyed crocheting and sewing while a resident at the Timbers.

He is survived by his sister, Joyce Uppencamp and husband Mike Sr. of Otwell; brother, John A. Weisheit of Morganville, Ky.;  several nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and -nephews; two great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece.

Preceded in death by one sister Alice Ross.

Funeral services for Richard Weisheit will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Haysville. The Rev. Karen Husby will officiate.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to The Timbers of Jasper.


 

Robert “Bob” L. Obermeier, 83, of Jasper, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Bob was born in Jasper on October 4, 1933, to Rupert and Philomena (Stalman) Obermeier, and he was the last living member of the family. He married Louella H. Woebkenberg on October 4, 1958, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale.

Bob attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Jasper High School in 1951. He entered the United States Army and served in Japan and Korea from 1953-1955. He was employed by the Hoosier Desk Company, Jasper Home Outfitters and retired from Farm Bureau Insurance, where he had been an agent for 21 years.

He was a member of the Jasper Lions Club for 50 years, where he held many offices and helped to create the Lions Radio Auction. He also worked on the original Lions Eye Bank and many other projects. He was given the highest award from the Lions Club’s International Foundation, the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services. He was also formerly a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and he was a member of the V.F.W. Post #673.

He enjoyed woodworking, caring for his walnut trees, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Louella H. Obermeier of Jasper; one son, Ron A. Obermeier (Mary) of Newburgh; two daughters, Ann L. Obermeier and Amy M. Feller (Mike), both of Newburgh; three grandchildren, Tori and Luke Obermeier, and Joshua Feller; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are one sister, Marcella Miller and one brother, John Sylvester Obermeier.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert “Bob” L. Obermeier will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military grave site rites.

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


 

Shirley A. Mehringer, 74, of Jasper, passed away at 7:11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Shirley was born in Jasper on February 22, 1943, to Silas and Marie (Engelhart) Giesler. She married Jerome Mehringer on June 6, 1964, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She was a home daycare provider for over 30 years, and also previously worked for Jasper Rubber. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and their Blessed Virgin Sodality. She enjoyed playing cards, canning vegetables, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.

Surviving is her husband, Jerome Mehringer of Jasper; three daughters, Karen Weales (David) of Jasper, Kim Durcholz (Cory) of Jasper, and Kellie Wheeler (Shawn) of Apopka, Fla.; two sons, Kevin Mehringer (Melissa), and Kurt Mehringer (Jessica) both of Jasper; eight grandchildren; six sisters, Betty Wildman (Jim), Susie Friedman (John), Ruth Elliott, Linda Giesler, Viola Brickey, and Bernice Mathies, all of Jasper; five brothers, William Giesler, Donald Giesler (Virlee), Terry Giesler (Julie), Edward Giesler (Helen) all of Jasper, and Larry Giesler (Robin) of Indianapolis.

Preceding her in death were three sisters, Virginia Turk, Margie Block, and Mary Jane Giesler who died in infancy, and two brothers, Charlie and Robert Giesler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper, Indiana.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to a favorite charity.


 

James “Shooter” Schuetter, 64, of Jasper, passed away at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Timbers of Jasper.

James was born in Huntingburg on March 19, 1953, to James J. and Mary M. (Angel) Schuetter.

He was a truck driver for many years. He also had worked in construction and for Jasper Rubber Products. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #115 in Winslow. He enjoyed music, watching and playing basketball, being outside, playing cards, playing pool, drinking spirits, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by two daughters, Alex Schuetter of Evansville and Anna Schuetter of Jasper; one grandchild; one sister, Michelle Schuetter; three brothers, Bob Schuetter (Patti) of Ferdinand, Tom Schuetter of Jasper, and Dave Schuetter (Kathy) of Huntingburg; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his stepfather, James Carter, two sisters, Marla Kreilein and Phyliss Schuetter, one brother, Larry “Butch” Schuetter.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes, Inc is in charge of the arrangements


 

Kurt A. Fleck, 52, of Lucedale, Ms., formerly of Jasper, passed away at 4:01 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Gulf Port, Ms.

Kurt was born in Jasper on October 3, 1964, to Aloysius “Ollie” and Adeline (Kluesner) Fleck.

He attended Jasper High School

He is survived by three sisters, Karen M. Fleck of Evansville, Sara Hopf and husband Gary J. of Jasper, and Mary Sue Boeglin and husband David of Jasper; three brothers, Charles Fleck and wife Patricia, Glen Fleck and wife Ann, and Roger Fleck and wife Kris, all of Jasper.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was one sister, Sharon Fleck, and three brothers, William “Bill” Fleck, Jerald “Jerry” Fleck, and Patrick Fleck who died in infancy.

Private Services will be held by the family at a future date, with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes, Inc is in charge of the arrangements.


 

Hilda Lee Kuntz, 90, of Jasper, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Hilda was born in Huntingburg on September 6, 1926, to Walter and Belva (Whitsitt) Mutchman. She married Norbert Kuntz on September 14, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 12, 2003.

She worked at General Electric in Tell City, the Jasper Corporation and in the deli at Buehler Foods. She was a charter member of the Women of the Jasper Moose #955, and a member of Salem United Church of Christ, the Precious Blood Ladies Sodality, a lifetime member of V.F.W. Auxiliary #673, Dubois County Saddle Club, and was a Tri-Cap, R.S.V.P, and Red Cross Volunteer.

She enjoyed riding horses and playing cards.

She is survived by one son, Mike (Deb) Kuntz of Jasper; one granddaughter, Abby (Bill) Troutman of Jasper; two great-grandchildren, Jillian and Mallory Troutman of Jasper; one sister, Shirley (Donnie) Otto of Huntingburg; one daughter-in-law, Lois Kuntz of Jasper; three nieces and one nephew.

Preceding her in death are one son, Richard “Dick” Kuntz, and one brother, Chester “Chet” Mutchman.

A Funeral Service for Hilda Lee Kuntz will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the funeral home on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Women of the Jasper Moose #955, Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg, or to a favorite charity.


 

Anna Kathryn Blessinger, 84, of Holland, passed away at 10:03 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1932, in Derby, Indiana to Henry Albert and Mary Blaundina (Evrard) Hubert and married Cletus Conrad Blessinger on August 31, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Anna was a bookkeeper, seamstress, quilter, homemaker and grandmother. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Blessinger, who passed away on February 13, 1998; and two siblings, Raphael Hubert and Alberta Runyan.

She is survived by six children, Lisa (Douglas) Walter of Indianapolis, Michelle Knight of Washington, Larry (Beth) Blessinger of Westfield, Mona Haas of Jasper, Sandy (Keith) Horton of Huntingburg and Cletus (Mary) Blessinger, Jr. of Bloomington; three sisters, Madonna (Wes) Leibering of Huntingburg, Ramona (Bob) Brosmer of Jasper and Rose (Louis) Waters of Huntingburg; sister-in-law, Dorothy Sitzman of Saint Meinrad; brother-in-law, Myron Runyan of Huntingburg; by 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 27, 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 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. A parish vigil prayer service, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to The National Breast Cancer Foundation or to a favorite charity.


 

Ethel Ruth (Hall) Flamion, 96, of Huntingburg, died on March 23 at the Waters of Huntingburg.

Ethel was born on Sept. 16, 1920, in Bristow, Indiana to Claude and Mildred (VanWinkle) Hall. She married Leonard Flamion on June 15, 1940. She was a member of the Dale United Methodist Church and worked as a cook starting at Dale High School and retiring from Heritage Hills High School.

She is survived by her children Gayle Lohman of Huntingburg, Pam (John) Niehaus of Washington, Debbie Flamion of Jasper, Randy (Lana) Flamion of Holland, and Danny (Victoria) Flamion of Huntingburg; 19 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four great–great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 1996, a son Gary in 2013, a son in law Bill Lohman and her siblings Helen in infancy, Oscar Hall, Mary Wright, Bernadine Stephens, Maurice Hall, Bill Hall and Lois Dauby.

Funeral services are planned for Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. Central Time at the Dale United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in the Dale Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Fuller Funeral Home in Dale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dale United Methodist Church or the Alzheimers Association.

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements.