Mary Jo Meuser, 69, Lecanto, Florida, formerly of Ferdinand, Jasper and Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.


She was born at Ferdinand, on May 14, 1943, to Nick and Verena (Wirtzberger) Knust.


She married Max B. Meuser April 18, 1971 at Ferdinand. He preceded her in death.


Surviving are her children, Elodie Meuser of Indianapolis, IN; Jacob Meuser of Eugene, OR; and Clare Siders (Randy) of Inverness, FL; her brothers, Don (Mary) and Jim (Betty) Knust, all of Ferdinand, IN; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild.


Mrs. Meuser was the former Sister Mary Nicholas, OSB from the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years. She was the first full-time German teacher at Jasper High School and was instrumental in strengthening the community's German heritage. After her retirement from teaching she enjoyed traveling, volunteering and spending time with her friends and family.


A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Church, Indianapolis, IN on Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Graveside services and burial will take place on August 18 at 12:00 noon EDT at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Princeton, IN.