Velcia C. “VelcieEmmert, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at home.  

Born Oct. 12, 1922 in Haubstadt, she was the daughter of Orlando and Olga (Dewig) Lutz. 

She resided most of her life in Haubstadt. Velcie was a jail matron and deputy sheriff with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Dept. from 1962 to 1988.  She was a 1940 graduate of Haubstadt High School.

 Velcie was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Altar Society, The Legion of Mary, American Legion Auxiliary, Indiana State Police Association and Indiana Sheriff’s Association.  She worked at Chrysler Corp. in Evansville making ammunition during World War II.

 She was crowned basketball queen in 1940 by team captain and future husband, Roger. 

Velcie is survived by her husband of 68 years, Roger, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1942.; four daughters, Joan of California, Patty (Jim) of Lexington, Ky., Susan of Evansville, Pam of Murfreesboro, Tenn.;  two sons, Steve (Janie) of Indianapolis, Greg of Haubstadt;   two sisters, Mildred Roethemeier and Maralee Mossberger both of Haubstadt; one brother, Willard Lutz of Haubstadt; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Martha; one brother, Bob Lutz; and a son-in-law, Jim Mayes.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Tony Ernst as the celebrant.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Wade Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m.  Friends may also call Thursday from 10 a.m. until Mass time at the church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Father Tony Ernst; niece Ann Minnis and her husband, Tom; nephew, Mark Lutz; the staff of River Oaks Health Campus, Southern Care Hospice, Arcadia Healthcare and Around-the-Clock Care.