Obituaries

Barbara Ann (Bartelt) Bilderback, 78, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born September 19, 1939, near Holland, Indiana to Melvin W.L. and Mabel E. (Langebrake) Bartelt. She married Allen L. Bilderback on June 18, 1960, at Zoar Methodist Church.

Barbara was employed for 41 years at Southridge High School by the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation. She was a lifelong member of Zoar United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative council, participated in the United Methodist Women, and taught Sunday school for sixty years. Barbara enjoyed gardening, Raider athletics, spending time with her family, and vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael L. Bilderback; one daughter, Lynne (Bilderback) Weber Messmer; her sister, Lois Mae Bartelt; and son-in-law, Norman Leo Weber, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Allen L. Bilderback of Holland; her son, Lee A. Bilderback of Holland; one sister, Thelma Jean (Lester) Oxley of Stendal; one brother, William E. (Kathryn) Bartelt of Newburgh; son-in-law, Stan Messmer of Huntingburg; granddaughter, Meagan (Justin) (Weber) Bayer of Huntingburg; grandson, Ben Weber of Indianapolis; and great-grandson, Brantley Bayer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar, Indiana with burial at Zoar Cemetery. Reverend Keith Chanley will officiate.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 and also at church one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday.

Memorials may be designated to the Lynne (Bilderback) Weber Messmer Endowment c/o the Dubois County Community Foundation, Zoar United Methodist Church, or a favorite charity.


Jerry W. Kays, 65, of Jasper, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Jerry was born in Huntingburg on October 1, 1952, to Henry and Margaret (Kunkler) Kays.

Jerry was a graduate of Huntingburg High School. He was a self-employed mechanic, who owned and operated Kays Auto Service in Huntingburg. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, AMA Motorcycle Club, Jasper Outdoor REC, the Jasper Moose and a bowling league. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, bowling, attending music events, spending time with family and friends and loved eating chicken.

Surviving are his fiancÚ, Karen Wigand of Jasper; one half-sister, Jean Walters (Marvin) of Huntingburg; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, Indiana.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

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



Myron Evert Knies, 72, of Jasper, entered into eternal rest on November 21st, 2017 at his residence.

He was born in Paoli, Indiana on April 21st, 1945 to Paul R. and Susan (Bledsoe) Knies.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Portage Township High School with the class of 1963. After high school, Myron joined the United States Army and served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea.

After being honorably discharged, Myron began his career at Northern Indiana Public Service Company, which lasted for 30 years until his retirement.

Myron is survived by one brother, Dan Knies (Susie) of Norton, Ind.; two sisters, Paula Kable (Jay Kuckuck) of Scottsdale, Arizona and Linda Robertson of Norton, Indiana; one nephew, James Knies of Norton, Indiana; three nieces, Stacy Hamilton of Scottsdale, Arizona, Karen Kerr of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Erica Robertson of Jasper, Indiana; one great-nephew, Ryan Kerr and two great-nieces, Kaila Knies and Madison Kerr. Several Cousins and loving family members also survive.

A Funeral Ceremony will be conducted by Pastor John Moffatt on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cane Creek Christian Church in French Lick. Interment will follow in Cane Creek Cemetery in French Lick with military graveside rites.

Visitation will be Monday, November 27, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel and on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.

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



Anita (Laake) Russ, 92, of Evansville, died Friday, November 24, 2017, at River Pointe Health Campus in Evansville. She had previously been living at Atria Senior Living in Newburgh for the previous 3 years.

She was born October 8, 1925 in Ferdinand to Joseph and Susan (Olinger) Laake. She married Eugene (Jim) Russ on October 2, 1948, in St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand.

Anita was a 1941 graduate of the Academy Immaculate Conception. After her graduation, she worked at the convent in the business office. During World War II she worked at the Office of Price Administration (OPA) in Jasper. Following the war, she worked at Wesselman’s Grocery Store on Lincoln Ave in Evansville for about two years. She assisted her husband Jim at United Wood Products with working on time sheets and helping with special projects. She worked at St. Meinrad Grade School for several years helping with the school lunch bookkeeping.

Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Sodality at St. Ferdinand Church. For many years she volunteered at Scenic Hills Nursing Home and was a Eucharistic minister for St. Ferdinand Parish shut-ins. She did assist with helping to type manuscripts for two books that were written by sisters from Monastery Immaculate Conception: The Castle on the Hill written by Sr. M. Frederica Dudine, O.S.B. and God Calls the Walsh Family compiled by Sr. M. Benedicta Clauss, O.S.B.

Anita loved to spend time with her family especially her two granddaughters who would often visit her in Ferdinand and later while she lived in Evansville for the last 3 years of her life. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, reading, gardening, and travelling with her family.

Anita is survived by her two sons, Jeff of Bloomington and Eric of Evansville along with his wife Margaret and their two daughters, Julia Anita and Mary Catherine. She is also survived by her siblings, Bernice Weyer and John (Nancy) Laake of Ferdinand, Dolores Schwinghamer of St. Henry, Allen (Ann) Laake of Jasper and Joan Persohn of Noblesville, IN.  Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Susan Laake, her husband Eugene Russ, and by her two sisters, Ardella Weyer of Ferdinand and Mary Lee Lueken of Jasper.

Services for Anita will be held at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  Visitation will be at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m and again on Wednesday morning from 7-9:30 AM at the funeral home

Memorial donations may be made to the Parish Landscaping Flower Fund. Anita loved to tend to her flowers at home and had assisted her sister Bernice to help plant flowers around the St. Ferdinand Church.



Donna Sue (Waters) (Helmerich) Mason, 77, beloved mother, wife and friend, passed from this world on November 21, 2017, in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

She was born on June 12, 1940, in Huntingburg to Garneta Helmerich (and Charles Helmerich) and Charles Waters (and Thelma).

She attended Huntingburg High School (Class of 1958) and was a 30 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as a member of the Daughters of 1812 and the Daughters of the Union in which she held numerous National and State offices. Donna lived in Columbus, Indiana for 15 years and Lexington, Kentucky for 8 years, before spending the past 30 years living outside Hawesville, Kentucky.  She had lived in Land O’Lakes, Florida for the past 6 months.  Donna loved genealogy, history, Indiana Hoosiers sports, the Indianapolis Colts, traveling the country, and most of all family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Walter James “Jim” Mason, Jr. of Land O’Lakes, Florida; one daughter, Karen Mason of Land O’Lakes, Florida; one son, Randy Mason of Franklin, Indiana; brother, Mark Helmerich of Valparaiso, Indiana; sister, Melody Elam of Clyde, California; as well as many other loving cousins, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Donna Sue Mason will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  The Reverend Lee Campbell will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday.  The Warrick County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct a vigil service at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the Funeral Home.



Charlotte Ann Pratte, 76, of Jasper, passed away at 10:10 p.m., on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born September 11, 1941, in Huntingburg to Charles Waters and Garneta (Oskins) Helmerich and subsequently adopted and raised by Charles Helmerich.

She worked as an insurance sales agent at Old National Bank in Princeton. Charlotte was a member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family. She was an avid sports fan who followed the St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debra L. Hoffhaus; and one sister, Donna Sue Mason.

Charlotte is survived by one son, Denny (Debbie) Pratte of Chesapeake, Va.; three daughters, Cindy (Norbert) Schreiner of Jasper, Michelle (fiancÚ, Reno Brown) Pratte of Jasper and Dawn S. (Patrick) Denk of Portersville; four siblings, Mark Helmerich of Hobart, Ind., Melodie Elam of Clyde, Calif., Charles Wayne Waters of Ocala, Fla., and Harold Waters of Concord, Calif.; by 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Charlotte Pratte will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  The Reverend Lee Campbell will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Humane Society.



Michael G. Friedman, 56, of Jasper, passed away at noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at home.

Michael was born in Jasper on March 19, 1961, to Clifford and Geraldine (Herbig) Friedman.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Angela Blackgrove of Huntingburg, Samantha Fromme (Zach) of Jasper and Rachel Barnstead (Alex) of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Taylor and Tanner Blackgrove with another on the way; three sisters, Marilyn Friedman, Angela “Angie” Friedman, and Sharon Phillips (Dave), all of Jasper; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents and one brother, James “Jamey” Friedman.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date. Fr. Ray Brenner will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. service at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper on Wednesday.

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



Larry R. Leinenbach, 65, of Jasper, passed away at 6:24 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

He was born on June 16, 1952 in Perry County to Cornelius and Billie Jean (Murray) Leinenbach. He married Bonnie E. Mounts on July 14, 1984 at Lincoln Boyhood Chapel in Lincoln City Indiana.

Larry was a graduate of St. Ferdinand High School. He owned and operated Jerry Wayne’s Pest Control Company in Jasper. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He especially enjoyed his dog Elco.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie E. Leinenbach; one son, Brian Leinenbach (Stephanie) of Jasper; daughter, Shelly Leinenbach of Jasper; mother, Billie Jean Murray of Lake Mary, Fla.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson;three brothers, Gary Leinenbach (Phyllis) of Deltona, Fla., Terry Leinenbach (Grace) of Lake Mary, Fla., and Michal Murray (Heather) of Somerville, S.C.; two sisters, Brenda Bowman of Ferdinand and Vickie Gormly (Chuck) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; also many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son Kevin Lee Leinenbach and one brother, Jerry Wayne Leinenbach.

Private mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.



Helen M. Spinner, 87, of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:25 a.m., on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born August 12, 1930, in Huntingburg, Indiana to William and Ethel (Rogers) Ingle. She married Harold E. Spinner on August 10, 1947, at the Huntingburg Methodist Church.

Helen worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a cashier in the business office. She was a member of the Huntingburg United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold E. Spinner, who passed away January 8, 2005; two brothers, Jack Ingle and Roger Ingle; and two sisters, Jean Singer and Louise Schoppenhorst.

Helen is survived by three children, David L. (Connie) Spinner of Ferdinand, Suzanne (Jim) Stovall of Lilburn, Georgia, and Denny (Shari) Spinner of Huntingburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Helen M. Spinner will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  The Reverend Lee Campbell will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 27th.



Norman DeVere Cook, 79, of Indianapolis, formerly of English, Petersburg and Jasper, passed away at 4:25 p.m., on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born October 9, 1938, in Indianapolis to Clifton and Virginia (Richey) Cook.

Norman grew up in English where he graduated from high school and met his wife of 48 years, Trilla “Marlene” (Linton) Cook. He served in the United States Army and worked as a printer at his print shop, Cook’s Printing, located in Petersburg and Princeton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bill Bauerly; two sisters, Wanda Lane and Cleo “Cookie” Simpson.

Norman is survived by two sons, Timothy (Tracy) Cook of Fishers and Scott (Julie) Cook of Cookeville, Tenn.; one daughter, Kelly Cochren of Bloomfield; the children’s mother, Trilla “Marlene” Cook of Cookeville, Tenn.; two brothers, Melvin Cook of Indianapolis and Jack Cook of Birdseye; and by six grandchildren, Matthew, Morgan, Mason and Emma Cook, Tim and Michael Cochren.

Memorial services for Norman Cook will be held at 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial of his cremains to follow at the Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye.  Reverend Michael Cochren will officiate at the service and 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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 2nd, the day of the memorial service.


Sharon Kay Mehringer, 69, of Otwell, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Sharon was born on February 8, 1948, to Ralph and Florence (Fowler) Raney.  She married Lenny Mehringer on December 22, 1979.

Sharon was a graduate of Otwell High School. She worked as a purchasing agent/project coordinator at Kimball Electronics for over 30 years. Sharon was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed horses, dogs and spending time with children.

Surviving are her husband, Lenny Mehringer of Jasper; one daughter, Megan Elmore and her husband B.J. of Hillham; one sister, Donna Eggelston and her husband Roger of Willoughby, Ohio.

Preceding her in death are her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sharon Kay Mehringer will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 25. 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

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

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



Ray Vaal, 77, of St. Meinrad, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

He was born May 19, 1940, in St. Meinrad to Robert and Mildred (Gogel) Vaal. He married Janet McNelis on June 9, 1962, in Precious Blood Church in Jasper.

Ray was owner of Vaals Appliance Store. He was a member of St. Meinrad Fire Department since 1958. He served as chief and most recently as assistant chief. Ray served in the National Guard. He was member of St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366.  Ray enjoyed four-wheeling and restoring his 1947 Jeep.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Vaal of St. Meinrad; a son, Jeff (Toni) Vaal of St. Meinrad ; one daughter, Schelly (Jon) Songer of Jasper; one brother, James (Clara Mae) Vaal of Ferdinand; seven sisters, Dorothy Gehlhausen, Ruthie (Rich) Clark and Connie (Randy) Hildenbrand, all of Ferdinand, Bettye (Leroy) Greulich of St. Meinrad, Norma Amos of Huntingburg, Kathy (Bill) Hopf of Jasper, Toni Mundy of Nicholasville, Ky.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. CST in St. Meinrad Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

 


 

John G. Wendholt, 66, of Huntingburg, passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Evansville.

He was born May 30, 1951, in Huntingburg to Albinus and Mildred (Steltenpohl) Wendholt. He married Jane Hohl on October 22, 1977, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

John was employed at Mobel Manufacturing in Ferdinand for 30 years. He then worked for a number of years at C.V.S. Pharmacy and most recently for Sheldon’s Express Pharmacy. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He was also an avid collector and enjoyed spending time playing with his grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his wife, Jane Wendholt of Huntingburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Tracy (Chris) Eckstein of Jasper; three brothers, Danny Wendholt of Huntingburg, Roman Wendholt of Huntingburg and Paul Wendholt of Dale; one sister, Mary Lee Knies of Ferdinand; one grandson, Myles Eckstein; and by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for John G. Wendholt will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 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 Rev. Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery Endowment or Relay for Life.



The Reverend Doctor Jacob Hoffman, 80, went to be with our Savior on November 18, 2017.

A Lutheran pastor in Lafayette for over 45 years, he was born in Jasper on October 21, 1937 the younger of identical twins. Raised on a farm in Dubois County, he was a 4-H participant raising hogs and cattle when not helping out with chores, playing high school tuba with his twin Bill or singing in the church choir. It was farming that brought him to Purdue to study agriculture. It was singing in the church choir where he met the love of his life, Helen Francis. They were married on June 5, 1960, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lafayette.

It was while at Purdue he felt called to the seminary and attended Trinity Lutheran in Columbus, Ohio, until his ordination on June 23, 1963. He served a word and sacrament based ministry in parishes in Carthage/Augusta, Illinois, Oak Lawn, Illinois, returning to Holy Trinity in Lafayette from 1971–2002. He received his Doctorate from Christian Theological Seminary in June of 1980. He was called as Pastor Emeritus at Holy Trinity in 2009 and preached his final sermon there on October 22, 2017 in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, a day after turning 80.

Active in the community, his interests were always to serve and help people. A lifelong ministry to care for the human condition, he focused on local needs. He was an active member of the Indiana/Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a member of the Lafayette Leadership Academy, a long-ago member of the Lafayette Salvation Army Board — he was until recently an annual Bell Ringer at Christmas. In 1987, he was the first Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Tippecanoe County — his focus on children. He was also the Chaplain of the Lafayette Fire Department for many years after his retirement, a proud brother in Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at Purdue, and felt the call to serve as the Community Spiritual Director of the Great Banquet in Lafayette. As past president of the Lafayette Kiwanis, he enjoyed giving Happy Dollars to share his grandchildren’s successes.

He enjoyed family greatly, reading a wide variety of topics, and good Bourbon. He learned to enjoy travel as he and Helen explored Europe, the Holy Land, and other international destinations together. And he was challenged by golf, hitting a hole in one on Ackerman #6 on August 21, 1977 witness by his son Doug. He played his final round in the fall of 2016 with his grandson, Michael.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Helen (Francis); his children Patricia (John) Murakami of Chicago and Douglas (Michelle) Hoffman of Bloomington; four lovely granddaughters, Rachel, Sarah and Sophia Hoffman, Hanna Murakami; and his “favorite grandson” Michael Murakami. His siblings are William (Jean) Hoffman, Daniel (Erlene) Hoffman, Helen (Robert) Shearer, all of Jasper and Timothy (Katharine) Hoffman of Virginia, sister-in-law Sharon (Lester) Francis of Pine Village, as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Marie Hoffman; his in-laws, Lester and Dorothy Francis Sr.; his brother-in-law, Lester Francis Jr.; and his youngest child, Jeffrey Alan Hoffman.

Know that Jacob died in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. He is now free of the pain that cancer had brought him.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Otwell.  Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Lutheran Urban Ministry of Greater Lafayette (LUM), WBAA or the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

Soller-Baker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Mia Rose Collier, infant daughter of Dustin and Allison Collier, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

Surviving besides the parents are grandparents; Deberah Fleck of Ferdinand, Steven Fleck and stepgrandmother Nancy Fleck of Jasper, Karen Collier of Indianapolis and Jeff Collier and step grandmother Dorothea Collier of Indianapolis.

A graveside service for Mia Rose Collier was held at 10:00 a.m. today, Monday, November 20, 2017 in St. Joseph Cemetery, Jasper, Indiana. Fr. John Boeglin officiated.



Irma J. Bromm, 90, of St. Anthony, passed away at 9:06 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Irma was born in St. Anthony, Indiana on March 6, 1927, to August and Clara (Miller) Troxler. She married Othmar “Ottie” Bromm on May 22, 1947, in St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 20, 2013.

Irma was a homemaker and member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Legion Auxiliary, and the St. Anthony Community Center. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching TV, especially General Hospital.

She is survived by three sons, James Bromm, St. Anthony, David Bromm and his wife Dana of Jasper and Randy Bromm and his girlfriend Tammy Hyde of St. Anthony; one daughter-in-law, Betty Ingle and her husband Terry of St. Anthony; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one son, Larry J. Bromm; one granddaughter, Jennifer Bromm; daughter-in-law, Patricia Bromm; seven sisters, Cornelia Hauser, Augusta Sternberg, Beatrice Elmore, Ruth Klueh, Marian Schmidt, and Clara Margarida; one brother, Anthony Troxler.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Irma J. Bromm will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

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



Leo R. Reller, 92, of Huntingburg, passed away at 5:42 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

He was born March 10, 1925, in Stendal, Indiana to Daniel and Margaret (Butke) Reller.

Leo served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Laurabell Kaetzel on September 29, 1956, in Huntingburg. He was owner and operator of Reller Jewelers in Huntingburg for 35 years. Leo was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal and the V.F.W. Post #2366. He was an advocate for military veterans and active in the V.F.W. at the local, state and national levels.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Amos, Edwin “Pete”, Paul and Cleo Reller; and sister, Dorothea Henke.

Leo is survived by his wife, Laurabell Reller of Huntingburg; one daughter, Glenda (James) Nugent of Huntingburg; one son, Keith (Cheryl) Reller of Prospect, Kentucky; his sister, Ruth (Donald) Kamman of Haubstadt; six grandchildren, Justin Neal of Montgomery, Alabama, Cameron Harris of Jasper, Whitney Chamberlain of Huntingburg, Tyler and Braxton Reller both of Prospect, Kentucky and Luke Durcholz of Huntingburg; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Leo Reller will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal with Pastor Ed Wicks officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. 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 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2017, and also at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Monday.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church



Kenneth H. “Ken” Hulsman, 70, of Jasper, passed away at 12:02 a.m. CST on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Ken was born in Huntingburg on August 23, 1947, to Cornelius L. and Gertrude R. (Klem) Hulsman. He married Susan K. Kalb on September 25, 1971, in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, 1st Calvary Airmobile Division, who served in the Vietnam War 1967-1968 and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post #493, the VFW, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 77.

Ken was a Quality Control Manager who worked in the furniture manufacturing industry. He enjoyed amateur radio, cooking, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

Ken is survived by his wife, Susan Hulsman of Jasper; three sons, Jason M. Hulsman (Andrea) of Jasper, John R. Hulsman (Nicole) of Bretzville and Justin C. Hulsman (Alana) of Jasper; eight grandchildren, Jackson Miller, Harrison and Lillian Hulsman, Anna, Grace, and Samuel Hulsman, Jackson Gamble, and Everett Hulsman; three sisters, Kathleen Laake (Dennis) of Carterville, Ill., Rita Long (Anthony) of Boonville and Theresa Fritz of Belleville, Ill.; one brother, Michael Hulsman of St. Anthony.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Thomas Hulsman.

Funeral services for Kenneth Hulsman will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Jasper Enlow Cemetery.  The Jasper VFW Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Disabled American Veterans Post #77 will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



John C. Woolsey, 55, of Jasper, passed away at 8:32 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

John was born on October 20, 1962.

He previously worked at Kotter in Evansville. He enjoyed playing bocce, bowling, and coloring. He loved spending time with his ResCare family.

Surviving is his ResCare Family.

A graveside service for John C. Woolsey will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017, at Enlow City Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to ResCare.



Edward L. Bookout, 69, of Jasper, passed away at 8:49 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at home.

Edward was born in Anderson, on February 22, 1948, to Herman and Edna (Sauls) Bookout. He married Ginger Campbell on October 21, 1994.

He was electrician for General Motors for over 30 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Ginger Bookout of Jasper; one stepson, Eric Guffey (Tricia) of Grand Blanc, Mich.; one granddaughter, Haley Guffey of Grand Blanc, Mich.; one brother, Terry Bookout (Linda) of Anderson, Ind.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Foundation of Southern Care Hospice.



John David Deel, 54, of French Lick, entered into eternal rest on December 4, 2017, at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was born in Salem, Indiana on January 7th, 1963 to William John and Mary Jane (Hobson) Deel.

John married the love of his life, Billie Emmons on June 29th, 1984 and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his father.

John graduated from the Springs Valley High School with the Class of 1982. He was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper and a Life Member of the Springs Valley Optimist Club. John loved spending time with his family and was very proud of them. He was known for his loving nature and big smile. His love of the outdoors was evident in all his hobbies – camping, boating, cutting wood and deer hunting.

He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix nearly anything he put his mind to. John showed his abilities most recently in his work at Styline Logistics in Huntingburg where he helped to maintain their fleet of trucks.

John is survived by his mother Mary Jane Deel of French Lick; Wife Billie Deel of French Lick; two sons, Patrick Deel of French Lick and Brandon Deel of French Lick; two brothers, George Deel (Gem) of French Lick and Mike Deel of French Lick; father- and mother-in-law, Bill and Ruth Emmons of Hillham; sister-in-law, Tammy Cooke (Vince) of French Lick; several nieces, nephews and loving family and friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Darrel Land at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. Burial will be at a later date in the Crystal Community Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.

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



Richard J. Siddons, 61, of Jasper, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Cathedral Health Care Campus in Jasper.

Richard was born in Bisbee, Ariz. on April 21, 1956, to Jack and Mary Lou (Gomez) Siddons

He owned and operated Hoosier Painting in Jasper for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, painting, and watching old Westerns. He collected baseball and NASCAR cards. He was loved by everyone who knew him and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving is one son, Jeremy Siddons of Jasper; one daughter, Jade Siddons of Jasper; life-long companion, Joyce Mehringer Siddons of Jasper; one sister, Jacque Siddons Becher (Dean) of Newburgh; two brothers, Robert Siddons of New Harmony and Rodney Siddons of Greensboro.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was one sister, Robin Buschkoetter.

A memorial service for Richard Siddons will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the chapel in the Cathedral Health Care Campus in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. service time at the chapel in the Cathedral Health Care Campus on Saturday, December 9, 2017.



Paul Joseph Buschkoetter, 67, of Petersburg, passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born January 19, 1950, in Huntingburg to Ben and Lucilla (Heim) Buschkoetter.

Paul was a retired truck driver. He was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. He loved spending time with his dog.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian (Fahnders) Buschkoetter, who died February 7, 2003; three brothers, Martin, Anthony and John Buschkoetter; and his sister and brother-in-law, Bertha (Bob) Veller.

Paul is survived by two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lillian (Art) Sickbert of Jasper and Mary Lou (Albert) Sander of Huntingburg; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ben (Deb) Buschkoetter, Jr. of Huntingburg and Charles (Wanda) Buschkoetter of Dubois; and two sisters-in-law, Marsha Buschkoetter of Huntingburg and Sharon Buschkoetter of Jasper.

Funeral services for Paul Buschkoetter will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 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. Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, the day of the funeral.



Charles Freeman Perrot, 65, of Huntingburg, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at home.

He was born December 6, 1951, in St. Croix, Indiana to Floyd E. and Margaret (Kline) Perrot.

He graduated in 1971 from Durrett High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Charles was a retired machinist and supervisor at Philip Morris in Louisville. He was a gifted artist; collector of Indian artifacts and coins; very devoted to his family; and a family historian.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Perrot; two sisters, Theresa JoAnn Perrot and Donna Perrot Kline; and a brother-in-law, Daniel K. Elliott, Sr.

Charles is survived by five brothers, Robert Perrot of Louisville, Patrick (Chris) Perrot of Columbus, Ohio, James Perrot of Louisville, Mark Perrot of Louisville and Joseph Perrot, Sr. of Louisville, KY; three sisters, Helena (Allen, Sr.) Matthis of Louisville, Sharron Elliott of Louisville and Mary Perrot of Louisville.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Cremation and subsequent scattering will take place following the visitation.



Elsie R. Selby, 86, of Jasper, passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper after months of deteriorating health.

Elsie was born in Jasper on September 3, 1931, to Frank and Theresa (Braunecker) Mehling. She married Melvin Eugene “Gene” Selby on Dec. 29, 1953, in St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Petersburg, Indiana. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1991.

She was a graduate of Jasper High School. Elsie previously worked at Jasper Wood Products before marrying her husband. She opened Ye Ole Meat Shop, a meat market/grocery store with her brother, Robert “Bobby” Mehling in Petersburg in the mid-1980s. She worked there and at Clements Grocery Store until she moved back to Jasper in 1993  when she went to work at Big Lots in Jasper until her retirement in 2010. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

She loved St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Cubs baseball and I.U. basketball. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, helping others by driving friends to appointments, the grocery store, bingo, and church.  She also liked spending time with her daughter’s puppy, Dakota.

Surviving are one daughter, Tina Gross (Eric) of Jasper; one brother, Ralph Mehling (Frieda) of Jasper; four grandchildren, Megan Rice (Shad), Anthony Wheatley, and fiancÚ, Amanda Jesse, Heather Blunk (Dylan), and Jordan Wheatley; five great grandchildren, Carter Wheatley, Shaydan, and Keegan Rice, Bentley and Breighlee Wheatley, several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one brother, Robert Mehling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, IN with burial to follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, IN.

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

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



Marjorie Ruth Robertson Hauser, 69, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

Marjorie was born on November 11, 1948, to Clifford T. Robertson and Maude Spurlock Robertson. She married Carl E. Hauser on June 16, 1973, at the Ava General Baptist Church in Ava, Missouri.

Marjorie was a graduate of Ava High School and Southwest Missouri State University. She taught music to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in various southwest Missouri schools. She shared her genuine love for music with everyone she knew. She sang at many special friends and family weddings and funerals, including the weddings of her sister, children, her niece and nephew. She and her husband relocated to Jefferson City, Missouri, where she worked at the Missouri Bankers Association.  Upon retirement, they moved to Holland, where she enjoyed working alongside her husband on their “farm-ette,” entertaining family and friends, and especially taking an active role in the lives of her four grandchildren. She wore the title “Marmie” with an immense amount of pride. In addition, her extended family was extremely important to her.

Surviving are her husband, Carl E. Hauser of Holland; one son, John C. Hauser and his wife Michelle of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one daughter, Carolyn Ruth Wallace and her husband Sean of Evansville; four grandchildren Madelyn, Lydia, Luke, and Stella of Evansville; and one sister, Janice Robertson Campbell of Ava, Missouri.

Preceding her in death are her parents and one sister, Patricia Helen Robertson.

A service for Marjorie Ruth Hauser will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017, at Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home in Hermann, Missouri, with burial to follow at the Big Spring Methodist Cemetery.  A visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ava General Baptist Church, PO Box 116, Ava, MO 65608.



Nancy Marie Schwartz, 59, of St. Henry, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born February 7, 1958, in Huntingburg to Sylvester and Annabelle (Henson) Kunkler. She was united in marriage to Frank Schwartz on April 24, 1976, in St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg.

Nancy was a seamstress at Best Home Furnishings. She was a member of Christ the King Parish-St. Henry Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband, Frank Schwartz; two daughters, Tammy (Jason) Daunhauer of Mariah Hill and Amy (Mark) Persohn of Schnellville; one son, Nathan (Nicole) Schwartz of Ferdinand; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul Kunkler of Huntingburg and Donald Kunkler of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bobby Kunkler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2 in St. Henry Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 8 a.m. until the service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Maurice R. Hopf, 77, of Jasper, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on October 19, 1940, to Paul and Rosina (Burger) Hopf.

He married Sharon Jacob on October 24, 1964 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Maurice was in the National Guard, the Ireland Knights of Columbus Council #5581, the Jasper Moose Lodge #1175, director of the Jasper Outdoor Recreation and he was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He worked at Buschkoetters Nursery for 18 years and was a driver for Uebelhor and Sons as well as a retired farmer.

He enjoyed gardening, looking after his cattle, playing cards with the grandkids, dancing, watching the Mollie B Polka Show,  I.U. basketball, and following his kids and grandkids in sports.

Surviving are his wife Sharon Hopf of Jasper; one daughter, Melissa Hopf of Louisville; one son, Adam (Lisa) Hopf of Jasper; five grandchildren, Isaiah Merriwether, Donovan McDade, Reagan Hopf, Gavin Hopf, Cayden Hopf; sister, Mildred (Edgar) Oeding of Jasper; sister-in-law, Edna Wigand of Jasper; two brothers; Donald (Almeda) Hopf and Paul (Camilla) Hopf, both of Jasper; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is one sister, Judy Lorey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow at Fairview Cemetery.

A  visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Ireland Knights of Columbus Council #5581 will conduct a Memorial service at the funeral home at 4 p.m. The Jasper Moose Lodge #1175 will conduct a memorial service at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ireland Knights of Columbus Council  #5581, Riley Children’s Hospital, or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.



Larry R. “Cat Hair” Lindy, 74, of Birdseye, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born February 21, 1943, in Patoka, Ind., to Ralph and Della Pear (Robb) Lindy. He married Eunice Convey on September 22, 1967, in Pawtucket, R.I.

Larry was a retired supervisor for the Norfolk Southern Railway. He was a member of the Birdseye Christian Church and the Jasper American Legion. He served in the United States Navy as a Seabee. He enjoyed hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry is survived by his wife, Eunice Lindy of Birdseye; one sister, Carolyn Sue Stuckey of Patoka; and one brother, Linus Ray Lindy of Sarasota, Fla.

Funeral services for Larry “Cat Hair” Lindy will be held at 7:00 p.m., E.S.T., on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.  Burial of his cremains will take place in the Birdseye Cemetery at a later date.  The Reverend Ron Hickman will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, the day of the funeral.



Donnie Jean (Raines) Miller, 87, of Ferdinand, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Donnie Jean was born June 27, 1930, at City Hospital in Indianapolis to Lester C. Raines and Vassie Lee Hestand Raines.

Donnie worked as a phlebotomist at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis from 1964 until her retirement in 1992.

Donnie Jean is survived by her daughters, Kathie Anne Alexander of Huntingburg, Terrie Lee Van Marter, Leslie Kay Miller and Mary Beth Dillinger; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Donnie Jean was preceded in death by a twin brother, Carl Donald Raines at the age of one. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Ralph Spears, Newman Spears and Timothy Raines; two sisters, Nina Baker and Audrey Snelson and her grandson, Tracy Lee Alexander.

A graveside service and burial will be Friday at 3:00 PM at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen.



William “Bill” J. Schepers, 68, of Celestine, passed away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at St. Mary’s and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Bill was born in Jasper on March 7, 1949, to Othmar and Marie (Rueber) Schepers. He married Betty Neukam on April 17, 1971, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, Indiana.

Bill was a concrete truck driver until he retired. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish and the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler, driving a truck and his tractors as well as spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Schepers of Celestine; one daughter, Sherry Wylucki of Holland; two granddaughters, Shelby and Tessa Wylucki of Holland; two sisters, Rose (Ron) Nixon of Celestine and Mary Griffin of Jasper; three brothers, David Schepers of Celestine, Kenny (Darlene) Schepers of Celestine and Dennis (Mary) Schepers of Jasper; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are one son, Jeff Schepers; one son-in-law, Michael Wylucki; one grandson, Wade Wylucki; and one brother, Ron Schepers.

A Mass of Christian Burial for William “Bill” J. Schepers will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Bruce I. Clayton, 69, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Bruce was born on October 16, 1948.

He worked as a trash composter for Gibson County for over 35 years. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball and music, and he enjoyed talking, and never met a stranger.

He is survived by family and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

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



Mary T. Moeller, 84, of Jasper, passed away at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Mary was born in Jasper on November 5, 1933, to Albert and Eleanor (Seger) Bachman. She married Dennis P. Moeller on April 16, 1955, in Holy Family Catholic Church.

She was a 1951 graduate of Dubois High School.

Mary retired from Kimball Electronics.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the Daughters of Isabella, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Stephen Ministry, Einsedein Society of St. Meinrad Archabbey, the Hildegard Society of the Monastery of Immaculate Conception, and the Mother Theodore Guerin Foundation of the Sisters of Providence. She was a Eucharistic Minister at Memorial Hospital, Good Samaritan Nursing Home and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was also the coordinator of the Rosary at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for many years.

She enjoyed playing cards and tending to her flowers.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Moeller of Jasper; one son, Mark (Karen) Moeller of Jasper; three brothers, Thomas (Charlene) Bachman, Eugene (Dorothy) Bachman, and Kenneth (Marge) Bachman, all of Jasper; one sister-in-law, Rosie Dick of Indianapolis; one brother-in-law, Jerome (Camilla) Moeller of Evansville.

Preceding her in death are two sisters, Rita Schmitt and Helen Teder; two brothers, James and Robert Bachman; and two siblings who died in infancy, William and Ruth Bachman.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary T. Moeller will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The D of I will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Jack Hayes, 81, of Santa Claus, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born January 31, 1936, in Petersburg to Clarence and Myrneth (Frederick) Hayes. He married Joanne Reeves on June 25, 1983, in Bloomington.

Jack worked for Kimball International for 35 years and retired as a plant foreman. He then worked at Heritage Hills High School for 11 years. He attended Jasper Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking and being with family and friends.

He is surviving by his wife, Joanne Hayes; children, Rick Hayes of Jasper, Ryan (Jane) Hayes of Zephyrhills, Fla., Rhonda (Steve) Biggs of Cadiz, Ky., and Rashawn (David) Leinenbach of Evansville; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Northernor of Beech Grove and Phanalphia “Nell” Gregson of Indianapolis; and one brother, Gary (Carolyn) Hayes of Otwell.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeryl Hayes.

Funeral services for Jack Hayes will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 20 at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, with Rev. Darrell Wineinger and Michael Suits officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Janice F. Kreitzer, 92, of Dubois, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Janice was born in Dubois on March 15, 1925, to Elmer and Cecelia (Arnold) Zehr. She married Wilmer G. Kreitzer on May 8, 1945, at St. Peter’s Church in Dubois, Indiana.  He preceded her in death on May 3, 2014.

Janice retired from the Dubois office of the U.S. Postal Service. She was a lifelong, active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Women’s Guild. She sang with the Musical Belles. She enjoyed cooking, taking drives with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Diana Terwiske (Butch) of Dubois, Mary Beth Lottes (Scott) of Haysville and Lisa Matheis (Nick) of Dubois; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Preceding her in death bbesidesher husband was one sister, Beulah Zehr and two brothers, Herschel Zehr, and Roger Zehr.

Funeral services for Janice F. Kreitzer will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Dubois with burial to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Dubois. Rev. John Sterrett will officiate.

A visitation will be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m.service time at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s United Church


 


Anna Virlee Boerste, 86, of Ferdinand, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Anna was born January 13, 1931, in Dale to Merlyn and Kathryn Elliot. She was united in marriage to Orville (Buddy) Boerste on February 3, 1951, in St. Joseph Church in Dale. He preceded her in death on September 15, 1991.

Anna was a member of Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, Ferdinand, and Daughters of Isabella.

She was a resilient woman with strong convictions. Anna was an avid dog lover and puzzle enthusiast. She enjoyed playing cards and was well known for her green thumb when it came to gardening and took special pride in growing her own beautiful roses. She also enjoyed praying the rosary. Anna was a devout Catholic and during her daily reflection would say the rosary as she was a woman of Faith.

She is survived by one son, Jerome (Melissa) Boerste of Manassas, Va.; four grandchildren, Amanda Boerste, Kellie (Caleb) Herschler, Graigory (Jessica) Boerste and Justin Boerste; four great-grandchildren, Erik and Emily Boerste and Elijah and Savannah Herschler; and two brothers, John M. Elliot and Jerome C. Elliot.

Anna was preceded in death by a son, Michael L. Boerste; and four sisters, Mary Agnes Philipps, Ethal Joe Schaeffer, Kathleen Hile and Martha Nell Cook.

Funeral services for Anna Virlee Boerste will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, in Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 7 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Anna during her illness, especially her former caretaker, Jennifer Mahr, and Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.



Charles R. Ruxer, 93, of Saint Meinrad, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born April 23, 1924, in Saint Meinrad to Frank A. and Aurelia (Becher) Ruxer. He was united in marriage to Mary Alice Ringeman on November 11, 1944, in Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church.

Charles retired as owner-operator of Ruxer Furniture & Appliance in St. Meinrad after 61 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Meinrad Catholic Church. He was also a member of St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus #5599, St. Meinrad Senior Citizens, and St. Meinrad SMART Club. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball and cards. He enjoyed V.F.W. dances.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Alice Ruxer; one daughter, Karen (JD) Springston of Santa Claus; two sons, Terry (Sandy) Ruxer of Cadiz, Kentucky, and Mark (Kathy) Ruxer of Saint Meinrad; nine grandchildren, Todd Ruxer, Brett Ruxer, Heather Sisley, Clint Ruxer, Ashley Springston, Janelle Brentlinger, Courtney Ruxer, Brooke Gray and Shanna Markinson; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Angela Volz of Evansville; and one brother, Lee Edgar Ruxer of Evansville.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Sergesketter and Genevieve Volz.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. CST Friday, December 15 in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. CST Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and after 9 a.m. CST Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Meinrad Parish or a favorite charity.



Larry Markos, 78, of Santa Claus, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Larry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Trudy (Winkler) Markos. He is the father of three children, U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Matthew (Jessica) Markos of Bristow, Vir., Jeremy Markos of Jasper and Karri (Pete) Hillenbrand of Evansville; six beloved grandchildren, Nicholas and Hannah Markos and Isaiah, Maria, Daniel, and Caroline Hillenbrand; three sisters, Vangie Werebach of Niles, Mich., Nancy Vitale of Quebec, Canada, and Mary Ann Parkins of Palos Park, Ill.; one brother, Paul Markos of Battle Creek, Mich.; several nieces and nephews whose lives he touched.

He will be mourned by loving in-laws: Tom and Vicki Winkler, Russell and Linda Winkler, and Steve and Ellen Rexing.

Per Larry’s wishes, his body will be cremated. Visitation will be held at Fuller Funeral Home on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 pm CST with a Memorial service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Heritage Hills Boys Golf Team C/O Marc Schum, North Spencer County School Corporation, 3720 East State Road 162, Lincoln City, IN 47552 or Heart to Heart Hospice of Jasper, 415 E. 6th Street, Jasper, IN 47546

Fuller Funeral Home of Dale is in charge of arrangements.



Patricia Joan “Patty Jo” Tewksbury, 88, of Huntingburg, formerly of Crooksville, Ohio, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 13, 1929, in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clarence and Evelyn Rambo Heskett.

Pat and her late husband, Howard, worked together designing and building beautiful wooden furniture and crafts. After the completion of a piece, Pat painted her own various designs on them, with her specialty being her flawlessly rendered apples. She was a very accomplished seamstress and quilter.

Together with her husband, Pat was a very active member of First Hope United Methodist Church in Crooksville. She is a member of the Carnation Chapter 167 OES in New Lexington. In addition, Pat is a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women where she held several offices and was a part of the Mary Helen Games Circle.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Elaine Tewksbury of Huntingburg; her sister, Sally (Gerald) Hammer of Crooksville; her son-in-law, Kevin Cale of Chester, Virginia; her grandchildren, Michael (Marci) Tewksbury, Jeffrey (Stacey) Tewksbury, Lindsey (Tyler) Hamblen and Kylie Cale; and her great-grandchildren, Lily, Dax, Finn, Juliet, Kaylah, Alivia and Isobel Tewksbury.

In addition to her parents, Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Tewksbury, who passed away August 14, 2010; her daughter, Deborah Cale, who passed October 26, 2011; and her sister, Linda McGhee.

Family and friends will be received, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Goebel Funeral Home, 36 N. BUCKEYE ST., Crooksville. Funeral services and a celebration of Pat’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Gay E. Blau officiating. Burial will follow in Crooksville Cemetery.



Peter Francis Murphy III, 67, of Terre Haute, formerly of Huntingburg and Jasper, passed away at 6:15 CST Thursday, December 7, 2017, at University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

Peter was born in Hammond, Ind., on January 29, 1950, to Peter Francis Murphy and Margaret (Lane) Murphy. He married Judith Ann Fleck on October 5, 1974, at Holy Family Church Catholic Church in Jasper.

Peter was a certified public accountant with a private practice in Huntingburg and also for the last four years served as the chief financial officer of Hammond Group Inc., in Hammond.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and attended the St. Joseph’s University Parish in Terre Haute.

He was an advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, was a past board member for Anderson Woods, and Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Services, and also volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul and many other charitable organizations.

He enjoyed good conversation, especially on politics and religion, and the companionship of friends and family.

Surviving is his wife, Judith Murphy of Terre Haute; three sons, Brian Murphy (Lori) of Jasper, Kevin Murphy (Jessica) of Terre Haute and Daniel Murphy (Ashley) of Terre Haute; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kathryn, Ann, Jackson, and Elliott Murphy; his mother, Margaret Murphy-Danielson (Dan) of Naples, Fla.; one sister, Kathleen Murphy of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, John Murphy (Beth) of Indianapolis and Terry Murphy (Marianne) of Chicago.

Preceding him in death was his father, Peter Francis Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Peter Francis Murphy III will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow at a later date at Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at Holy Family Catholic Church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or their sister parish in Dupity Haiti,  Anderson Woods, or a favorite charity.



Bill Martin, 75, of Henryville, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Hampton Oaks Health Campus in Scottsburg.

Born February 10, 1942, in Huntingburg, he was the son of Ralph C. and Amelia A. (Reuber) Martin.

Bill was a 1960 Huntingburg High School graduate. He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1960-1963.

On October 5, 1963, in Huntingburg, he married Beverly A. (Heim) Martin, who survives in Henryville.

Bill was a retired truck driver. He worked for USF Holland for 12 years and Smith Transfer Co. Inc. for 17 years. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the Henryville American Legion.

He is survived by two sons, William R. Martin Jr. and James Ralph Martin, both of Henryville; one daughter, Victoria (Michael) McMasters of Jeffersonville; seven grandchildren, Ciera Jones of Pekin, Alexis Foster of Salem, Jade Jones of Jeffersonville, Dakota Martin of Salem, Shelby Jones of Jeffersonville, Conner Martin of Henryville, and Kayla Martin of Henryville; two great-grandsons, Abel Motsinger of Henryville and Alachi Wiseman of Jeffersonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph Chris Martin.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, with Father Harry Tully officiating at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Henryville with burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 4 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Adams Family Funeral Home & Crematory in Henryville where the rosary service will be held at 7 p.m., and after 10 a.m. at church on Thursday.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be given to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church c/o Adams Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 209 S. Ferguson, St., Henryville, IN 47126.



Edna Mae Wolf, 97, of Jasper, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper.

She was born on January 30, 1920, in Washington D.C. to Harold and Lillian (Holloway) Flournoy.

She did volunteer work for many different organizations. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.

She is survived by seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Rev. Gerald Frye will officiate.

Friends may call one hour before the memorial service at the funeral home.



Dolores M. Leinenbach, 96, of Ireland, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Loogootee, Indiana.

Dolores was born in Jasper, Indiana on April 25, 1921, to Valentine and Suzanna (Keller) Vonderschmitt.  She married Eugene Leinenbach on May 1, 1943.  He preceded her in death on August 20, 1982.

She was a homemaker, helped on the farm, worked in numerous homes in the Jasper area, and worked for Leed’s Selling Tools in Ireland. Dolores was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and their St. Anne’s Sodality and the Christian Mother’s Society. She was an avid gardener, quilted numerous quilts for the church, and was a marvelous cook, making her own doughnuts and angel food cake from scratch.

Surviving is one daughter, Sue Mathies (Gary) of Loogootee; four sons, Allen Leinenbach (Judy) of Mishawaka, Ind.;  Steve Leinenbach (Kathy) of Windsor, Colo., Mark Leinenbach, and Dan Leinenbach (Diane), both of Ireland; fourteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death beside her husband was one son, John Leinenbach who died in infancy, one daughter-in-law Joyce Leinenbach, and she was the last surviving member of her family with three sisters,  Adel Hopf, Alberta Pfaff, Genevieve Schmidt, and six brothers, Louis, Gene, Arnold, Ralph, Rudy, and Bernard Vonderschmitt preceding her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores M. Leinenbach will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until  8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Society will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Bernadine (Bernie) Persohn, 93, of Jasper, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, in the Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper.

She was born on December 2, 1924, at Owensboro, Kentucky to Albert Kaelin Sr. and Veronica Krampe. She married Aloysius J. Persohn on June 1, 1946. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1994.

She retired from Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper and had worked for Jasper Table Company and JOFCO as well did volunteer work at St. Vincent’s DePaul Society. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – Schellville Campus. Life member VFW Auxiliary Post 673 and member of the Petersburg Moose Lodge. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as playing cards.

She is survived by her daughter, Doris Vinson of Jasper; son, Thomas Persohn of Burlington, W.V.; two grandchildren,Brett (Jamie) and Brandon (Leanna) Vinson; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Annalee and Garrett Vinson; sister, Ann (Stan) Schnell of Jasper; brothers, Anthony and Paul Kaelin both of Owensboro.

Preceding her in death besides her husband; son-in-law, David Vinson; sisters, Catherine Kaelin died in infancy and Mary Agnes McMillen; brothers, Albert (A.J.), and Edward Kaelin.

Mass of Christian Burial for Bernadine Persohn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, in Sacred Catholic Church in Schellville with burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Visitation will be one hour before mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish.



Valoris Boyd Woolsey, 82, of Stendal, passed away at 4:51 a.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at RiverOaks Health Campus in Princeton.

He was born November 15, 1935, in Evansville to Valoris Taylor and Gladys Irene (Corn) Woolsey. He married Opal F. Walters on February 28, 1964, at Bethel General Baptist Church near Stendal.

Boyd was a farmer and coal miner; and also worked for the Whirlpool Corporation and the Pike County Highway Garage.  He was a member of Bethel General Baptist Church, Winslow Masonic Lodge #260 F&AM, and the U.M.W.A.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal F. Woolsey, who passed away August 27, 2015; and one niece, Cathy Williams.

Boyd is survived by his brother, Maurice (Doris) Woolsey of Winslow; his friend and caregiver, Dale (Martha) Nalley of Oakland City; and niece, Lisa M. Benton of Evansville.

Funeral services for Valoris Boyd Woolsey will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Augusta Cemetery in Augusta, Indiana. Pastor Bob Deel will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 and also one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday. A vigil service will be held by the Winslow Masonic Lodge #260 F&AM at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bethel General Baptist Church or Pike Animal Welfare Shelter (P.A.W.S.) in Petersburg.



Anna Mae Gosman, 98, of Jasper, passed away at 6:45 p.m.  on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Anna Mae was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 13, 1919, to Cyril “Toots” and Christine (Thompson) Haller. She married Arthur Martin “Marty” Gosman on October 7, 1941, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1998.

She was a graduate of Jasper High School and a proud varsity cheerleader. Anna Mae, along with her husband, owned and operated Gosman’s Family Shoe Store in Huntingburg. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She was a very proud charter member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Jasper. She was an avid golfer, who often quoted:  “I don’t hit em far, but I hit em straight”.  She also enjoyed reading and watching golf on TV.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Taylor (Robert) of Jasper and Connie Dunbar (Jerry) of Madisonville, Ky.; three grandchildren, Marti Luken, Tami Strack and Emily Daugherty; six great-grandchildren, Taylor and Kendyl Strack, Jack and Carter Luken and Parker and Colton Daugherty; one sister, Beverly Hoffman of Georgetown, Ind.; one brother, Donald Haller (Janet) of Tell City.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one brother, James Haller and a sister, Betty Jane Haller who died in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Mae Gosman will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Psi Iota Xi Summer Reading Program,  or to the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand.



Robin M. Eckert, 50, passed away at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at home.

Robin was born in Hammond, Ill., on July 27, 1967, to Robert and Julie (McDonald)Eckert.

She worked as a waitress for many years. She loved decorating for Christmas.

Surviving, one brother, Ronald Eckert of Henderson, Ky.; one nephew, Taylor Eckert of Birdseye; one niece, Reilly Eckert of Birdseye; stepmother, Mable Eckert of Niagara, Ky.

Preceding her in death are her parents Robert and Julie Eckert.

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



Felba “Sue” Byrd-Phillips, 78, of Jasper, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017.

She was born in Washington on January 12, 1939, to Harold L. and Augusta (Hinkle) Petty.

She graduated from Epson High School in 1957 and retired as a Unit Clerk as a Nurse in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a member of the Grace and Truth Baptist Church in Ireland, the Washington Women of the Moose and the Washington American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Phillips, whom she married on August 16, 2013; two sons, Joe (Tina) Byrd, Jr. of Huntingburg and Dan (Cindy) Byrd of Kiowa, Colo.; one daughter, Vickie (Donald) Mull of Surprise, Ariz.; stepson, David Grubb of Jasper; six grandchildren, Jed Byrd, Valere Byrd, Cody (Janelle) Byrd, Brittany (Jace) Houchin, Angela Midon and Jeffery (Melissa) Mull; eight great-grandchildren, Jordan Mull, Aiden Mull, Nolan Byrd, Landon Byrd, Reid Houchin, Kale Houchin, Kendra Byrd and Lilyana Byrd; step-grandchildren, Toby (Andria) Phillips and Lora (Marty) Phillippe; and step-great-grandchildren, Mac and Mattie Phillips, Holden, Koen and Everlee Phillippe

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Joe Byrd, Sr. in 2004,; stepson, Dennis Phillips; brothers, Morris Petty and Marvin Petty; and sisters, Janet Sims, Norma Jean Biehl and Betty Morgan

A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Ed Lee Mortuary, with Pastor Bruce Seivers.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Ed Lee Mortuary. Entombment will follow in Sugarland Memory Garden Mausoleum.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grace and Truth Baptist Church, PO Box 152, 5173 Walnut Street, Ireland, IN 47545



Stephen R. Pence, 80, of Jasper, formerly of Columbia City and Wabash, Ind., passed away at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

Stephen was born in Columbia City, Ind. on March 22, 1937, to Russell and Helen (Donnelty) Pence. He married Nancy E. (Studinski) Pence on July 3, 1972 at Warsaw, Indiana, she preceded him in death on December 31, 2016.

Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in business commerce.

He retired from General tire at Wabash where he had worked for over forty years. He loved to watch sports, especially Notre Dame Football, and enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing and playing golf.

He is survived by one daughter, Polly (Brad) Sumansky of Terre Haute; one son, John (Cathy) Householder of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer), Grant and Zachary Householder, and Joseph and Anna Sumansky.
One great-grandson, Cason Householder.

Preceding him in death besides his wife are three brothers, Richard, William and Jack Pence.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church.

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



Viola Helen Watson, 84, of Jasper, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the home of her daughter in Rosenberg, Texas.

Viola was born in Jasper on January 9, 1933, to Ed and Helene (Konig) Himsel.

She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia (Rudy) Lara of Rosenberg, Texas, Sandy Naill of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Wanda Watson of Clute, Texas; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are husbands, John Watson and Joe Heiman; one daughter, Teresa Watson; one stepdaughter, Annette Borne; one stepson, James Heiman; and two brothers, James and Robert Himsel.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville, IN, with burial to follow in the Haysville Community Cemetery.



Jeannette Anna Messmer, 78, of St. Henry, passed away at 7:55 a.m. on Monday, December 25, 2017, at the Waters of Huntingburg.

Jeannette was born in Jasper, Ind. on July 22, 1939, to Edwin and Gertrude (Merkel) Heldman. She married Irwin Messmer on May 7, 1958, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1991.

She retired from OFS Brands in Huntingburg. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Messmer of Huntingburg, Elizabeth Messmer of St. Henry and Debbie Denu of Huntingburg; two sons, Kenny Messmer (Bonnie) of Huntingburg and Randy Messmer of Huntingburg; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Willa Mae Underhill of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were two sons, Harold and Larry Messmer; one brother, James Heldman; one sister, Laverne Holst; and one great-grandchild, Nathan Messmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial of Jeannette Anna Messmer will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

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



Pat Jochem, 83, of Huntingburg, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at St. Charles Health Center in Jasper.

She was born on October 28, 1934, in Huntingburg, Indiana to William and Louise (Pfaff) Heitz. She married Pete Jochem on September 29, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was active in their religious community. She was an accountant with Farm Credit for most of her life. The joy of Pat’s life was her family, and in particular, her three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Jochem, who passed away July 24, 2011; one sister, Emmogyne Schwartz; and one brother, Fred Heitz.

She is survived by her son, Todd (Barb) Jochem of Gibsonia, Penn.; one brother, Russel Heitz of Bretzville; and three grandchildren, Emma, Ben and Eli.

Funeral services for Pat Jochem will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Madden.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church, St. Charles Health Campus, or Kindred Hospice.



Irma Caroline Voegerl, 86, of Ferdinand, passed away, Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Irma was born April 30, 1931, in Ferdinand to Robert J. and Louise (Hollinden) Wendholt. She married Clarence Voegerl on June 25, 1955, in St. Ferdinand Church. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2011.

Irma worked at General Electric for 14 years, Weyer Egg for three years and Marian Heights Academy for 24 years.

She was a member of St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Annes’ Sodality and Daughters of Isabella. Irma was a member of the Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed canning, quilting, gardening and reading. Irma loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Irma is survived by two sons, Thomas (Sherri) Voegerl of Huntingburg and Kevin (Jenifer) Voegerl of Ferdinand; one brother, Edward (Loraine) Wendholt of Jasper; five grandchildren, Heath, Hannah, Heather, and Sierra Voegerl and Chelsea Hemmerlein; four step-grandchildren, Brandon, Jacob, Melissa and Megan Luker; one great-grandchild, Kyrie.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; one brother, Henry C. Wendholt; three sisters, Agnes C. Schmidt, Marion L. Vaal and Alene A. Wendholt; and one grandson, Shane Michael Voegerl.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Dubois County Humane Society or the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand.



Frank B. Smith, 83, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017, in the Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper.

He was born on March 18, 1934, to James and Emily (Canon) Smith. He married Connie Crisman on August 6, 1963, in Louisville, Kentucky. She preceded him in death on December 22, 2008.

He graduated from the college of the Ozarks. Frank taught High School and Jr. High School at (Forest Park) Southeast Dubois School Corporation for 32 years. He retired in 1994. He is a member of the Birdseye Christian Church where he taught Sunday school and directed the church choir. He was an avid bowler and Yahtzee player and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by one son, Frank A. (Lori) Smith of Arlington, Texas; three daughters, Mary (Timothy) Clemens of Shepherdsville, Ky., Patricia Marcum of Patterson, La., and Christina (Paul) Best of Taswell; eight grandchildren, Teresa Orange, Kim Morris, Michael Paddick, Russell Paddick, Patrick Paddick Emily Paddick, Charles Clemens and C.J. Smith; 10 great-grandchildren, Anthony Brown, Kelli Elliott, Taylor Brown, Megan Brown, Madison Burroughs, Caleb Paddick, Caden Paddick, Roman Paddick, Danielle Paddick, Savannah Mattingly; two great-great-grandchildren, Jace Elliott and Bailey Brown.

Funeral services for Frank Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in the Birdseye Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Hickman, Rev. Robert Borden and Rev. Albert Madden will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.



Daniel ‘Tiny’ Powers, 42, of Dale, died December 20, 2017, at home.

He is survived by his children Mabel and Gabriel Powers of Santa Claus, and Jacob Powers of Powderly, Ky.; father Roland Powers; siblings, Darrell Powers, Cheryl Torstenson, Carol Prickett, David Powers and Carrah Volz.

He was preceded in death by his mother Doris, and two brothers Jerry and Aaron.

Graveside services will be at a later date at Log Creek Cemetery in Pike County.



Lynn Drew, 71, of Loogootee, passed away at 2:17 a.m. CST on Friday, December 22, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Lynn was born in Washington, Indiana on December 23, 1945, to Charles and Sena (Martin) Drew. She married Richard Misialek in Georgia, he preceded her in death in October of 2010.

She retired from Verizon as a Central Office Technician after many years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her dog Sydni.

Surviving is one sister, Susan Weisman (David) of Jasper; one brother, Martin Drew of Lowell, Ind.; nieces and nephews, and her dear friend and caretaker, Sue Woodfork of Loogootee.

Preceding her in death beside her husband were her parents.

Private services for Lynn Drew will be held at a later date; Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes in Jasper are in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Paul Thomas Moore, 78, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at The Timbers of Jasper in Jasper.

Paul was born in Evansville on December 1, 1939, to the late William and Helen (Koenig) Moore.

He worked at Comtech Telecommunications Corps for many years. Paul enjoyed hunting and being a corn hole champion. His greatest joy was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Karla (Ford) Moore of Holland; daughters, Pamela (Richard) Hoffman and Kimberly Feltner; sons, Thomas Wayne Moore and Joseph Michael (Angela) Moore; eight sisters; four brothers; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Ave., Evansville, with Pastor Steve Clayton. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Browning Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to The Timbers of Jasper and Deaconess for all of their care and compassion.



Charles L. Schuck, 90, of Jasper, passed away at 9:37 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Charlie was born in Jasper, Indiana, on May 15, 1927, to Ralph and Frances (Becher) Schuck. He married his wife of 68 years, Laverne Stroud on June 2, 1949.

Charlie was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran. Charlie managed the Sears Store in Jasper for more than 30 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post #147. He sang in the choirs at Holy Family and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and in the Barbershop Quartet. He was also a Stephen Minister and volunteered at the Jasper Museum.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, painting, singing, traveling, gardening and sailing.

Surviving are his wife, Laverne Schuck of Jasper; two daughters, Carol (Phil) Apple of Demotte, Ind. and Kathy (Terry) Nuckols of Caneyville, Ky.; two sons, Jerry (Germaine) Schuck of Jasper and Tom (Sandy) Schuck of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Linda Schuck of Belmont, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren

Preceding him in death are one son, John Schuck and two sisters, Mary Tevebaugh and Betty Wineinger.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles L. Schuck will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Jasper, Indiana, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rights.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph’s Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Edward H. Oser, 89, of Ferdinand, passed away, Sunday, January 7, 2018, at his home.

Edward was born on June 7, 1928, in Ferdinand to Edward and Margaret (Nord) Oser. He was raised by John Sr. and Augusta (Oser) Mohr. He married Francille Krampe on November 11, 1947, in Ferdinand. She preceded him in death on December 19, 1969. Edward married Martha Hedinger Lee on September 3, 1977, in St. Meinrad.

Edward was retired from Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ferdinand. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand. Edward belonged to the Sons of The American Legion Post 124 and was a 30 year member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire department. Edward enjoyed traveling and spending time visiting with family.

Edward is survived by his wife, Martha Oser; six sons, Gary (Louann) Oser of St. Anthony, Mark (Joann) Oser of Ferdinand, Glenn (Carol) Oser of Boonville, Robert “Sonny” Lee of Lamar, Donald Lee of Boonville and David Lee of St. Meinrad; two daughters, June (Tom) Berg of St. Anthony and Becky (Bill) Hasenour of Ferdinand; six brothers, John Jr. (Marge) Mohr, Ron (Doris) Mohr, Paul (Becky) Mohr all of Ferdinand, Dick (Elaine) Mohr of Mariah Hill, Leroy (Marlene) Oser of Siberia and George (Henrietta) Oser of Mariah Hill; six sisters, Vita (Kenny) Voegerl, Frances “Bootsie” (Jerome) Brinkman  all of Ferdinand, Dolly (Jim) Harris and Rita Buechlein all of Huntingburg, Virginia (Sheldon) Hubert of Tell City and Rosemary Downing of Russelville, OH; twelve grandchildren, David Nord, Jeff Berg, Melissa Knust, Jill Schipp, Christine Oser Ginn, Laura Greemore, Brandy Gansman, Amanda Winternheimer, Jennifer Clark, Laura Lee, Denise Lee and Elizabeth Lee; 18 grea- grandchildren also survive.

Edward was preceded in death by a son in infancy, Donald Oser; five brothers, Bob and Bill Mohr, Jim, Bob and Walter Oser; three sisters, Henrietta Bartell, Margie Martin and Dolores Carnahan.

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



Lisa D. Myers, 48, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018, at her home in Otwell.

Lisa was born in Washington on March 9, 1969, to Steven Bough and Charma (Myers) Jeffers.

Lisa worked as a swatcher at Leed Tools in Ireland.

Lisa loved the outdoors, camping and campfires. She was an avid sports fan, especially Nascar. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Lisa is survived by father, Steve (Ruth) Bough of Jasper; mother, Charma Jeffers of Crane; husband, Richard “Red” Myers of Otwell; sons, Brian (Amanda) Dorsey of Loogootee and Stevie (Hillary) Witt of Shoals; daughters, Mandy Witt of Shoals, Heather Myers VanWinkle of Petersburg and Courtney Myers of Washington; brothers, Dennis Tarvin and Jason Jochum, both of Jasper; sisters, Kim Horton of Shoals, Tiffany Hubster of Holland and Angie Hasenour and Amy Kippenbrock, both of Jasper; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Lacy Lou.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Rock Bar & Grill in Ireland on Sunday, January 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. A meal of fried chicken, German fries, corn, and green beans will be served.

Harris Funeral Home of Petersburg has been entrusted with the care of Lisa.



Dorothy St. Onge, 91, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018, in Jasper.

She was born in Otwell, Indiana on January 24, 1926. Dorothy was the seventh of eight children of Della Mae (Sweet) and Pearl Garrison.

She graduated from Otwell High School in 1944. Dorothy attended and graduated from Evansville Beauty College.  In 1951, she married Leo Albert St. Onge, who was from Massachusetts. From 1953-1960, they lived in Georgia, Kansas, Germany, and Colorado.

Dorothy retired from Crane Naval Depot in 1976.

 She is survived by four children, Cynthia, Linda, Timothy, and Kimberly.

 Nass & Son Funeral Home of Huntingburg, Indiana was entrusted with the burial arrangements. Burial was in Otwell Cemetery.



Edawinna Anne Heeke, 62, of Jasper, passed away at 2:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

She was born on June 5, 1955, at Huntingburg to John and Priscilla (Doerner) Thurman. She married Bill Heeke on February 16, 1974.  He preceded her in death on September 14, 1999.

Anne was a member of the graduating class of Jasper High School Class of 1973. She was a unit secretary at Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper for 17 years.

She was well known for her volunteer work. She volunteered at the Community Food Bank from 1989 to 2000. She served as past president of the Jasper (Women) Jaycees from 1982 to 1983. She was the first female president of the Jasper Jaycee’s (1989 – 1990). She did volunteer work with the Jasper Little League concessions and Jasper Band Parents concessions for many years. She was very active in the Dubois County Democratic Party.

She was the 1993 recipient of the President Community Excellence Award presented by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

She is survived by one son, Terry (Sherri) Heeke of Murrray, Ky.; one daughter, Amanda (Mike) Drew of Jasper; seven grandchildren; Bill, Charlie, Maude, Maris, Burns, Mathilda and Doerner; one sister, Angela Brooks of Jasper; two brothers, Scott Thurman of Indianapolis and Bernie (Tammy) Thurman of Jasper; stepmother, Jacqueline Thurman of North Vernon, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Carol (Larry) Zehr of Jasper, Linda (Brian) Trill of Jasper, Rose (Kenny) Leisman of St. Anthony and Mary (Gary) Buffington of Dale; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her husband Bill Heeke and one brother, Alan Thurman.

Mass of Christian Burial for Edawinna Heeke will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank.



Ruth V. Braun, 94, of Jasper, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born November 26, 1923, at Lost River Township, Martin County to Merlin and Elsie (Cooper) Wininger. She married Curtis C. Braun on July 1, 1945. He preceded her in death on December 31, 1987.

Ruth was a homemaker and an active member of the Central Christian Church in Huntingburg.  Where she taught Sunday school for 47 years and was a member of the church choir for many years. She shared her musical talents for many years at area nursing homes. She enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, gardening, bird watching and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (R.J. Pete) Sermersheim of Jasper; son, Douglas (Jane) Braun of Jasper; four grandchildren, Libby Sermersheim of Indianapolis, Katie (Sean) Sreniawski of Indianapolis, Audra (Jamie) Levy of Jasper and Jill (Keith) Haas of Lexington, Ky.; eight great-grandchildren Grant, Hannah, Joel, Sylvia, Jake, Anna, Olivia and Nora; three sisters, Rose Bauernfiend of Shoals, Eldean (Gene) Sherfick of Shoals and Pat Underwood of Huntingburg.

Preceded in death; one sister, Joyce Trambaugh and two brothers; Woodrow Wininger and Merlin Wininger Jr.

Funeral services for Ruth Braun will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Taylor will officiate.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Christian Church or to a favorite charity.



Alan F. Wehr, 64, of Ireland, passed away at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Alan was born in Jasper on September 25, 1953, to Joseph and Anna Marie (Buechler) Wehr.

He was a U.S.  Marine Veteran and a member of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks #931, and the American Legion Post #147. He retired as a truck driver for Henke Farms in Holland. He had also previously worked for Elmer Buchta Trucking in Otwell.

He was a member of the Otwell Ruritan Sled Team and a past member of the Jasper Moose Lodge #1175.

Surviving are two sisters, Kathy Rinderknecht of Ireland, Ind. and Kristy James of Ferdinand; one brother, Kenny Wehr of Birdseye; stepmother, Mary Wehr of Ireland; two nieces and two nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Randy “Tinker” Wehr, one sister Louise Wehr who died in infancy, and a brother-in-law Charles Rinderknecht.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Alan Wehr will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment #931 will conduct a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Ireland Fire Department, or a favorite charity.



William R. Shaneyfelt, 89, of Huntington, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 31, 2017, and departed for his heavenly home.

Bill attended Huntington High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1949-1952. His natural intelligence and curiosity enabled him to have many interesting hobbies and hold several jobs including working for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Bill was born on July 27, 1928, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Russell W. and Mildred (Homier) Shaneyfelt.

He was united in marriage to Eleanor Demsky on December 30, 1950, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Highlands, New Jersey. She preceded him in death on June 13, 1997, but they built a good life in 47 years together, and their proudest accomplishment was knowing, that through their efforts, future lives better than theirs were available for their four sons.

Survivors include four sons: Bill (Linda) Shaneyfelt of Jasper, Neil (Penny) Shaneyfelt of Knightstown, Tom (Kathy) Shaneyfelt of Lakewood Ranch, Florida and Danny Shaneyfelt of Brooklyn, New York; two brothers, Robert “Bob” Shaneyfelt of Kokomo and Ron Shaneyfelt of Albion; four sisters: Maxine Garettson of Huntington, Evelyn Austin of Auburn, Josephine Clore of Huntington and Beverly Burnworth of West Liberty, Ohio; three grandchildren: Nicholas Shaneyfelt of Decorah, Iowa, Kara Dinh of Pflugerville, Texas, and Christian Shaneyfelt of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; 3-month-old greatgrandson Oliver Thanh Dinh, who Bill was able to hold for the first time one week before his passing; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Betty Smith of Huntington.

Bill was preceded in death by a brother: Richard Shaneyfelt.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington.

Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, with Father Steven Colchin officiating.

Memorial donations can be made out to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Disabled American Veterans or Huntington County Historical Society, all in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

Interment will be at Marion National Cemetery.



Donna R. Scherle, 63, of Dubois, passed away at 9:07 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at home.

Donna was born in Jasper, Indiana, on December 29, 1954, to Claude and Mary Catherine (Brosmer) Mehringer. She married Bob Scherle on October 27, 1974, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

She was a 1972 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a longtime technician for Verizon phone company. She also did office work for various local businesses. Donna was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and the Patoka Valley Quilter’s Guild. She enjoyed traveling, quilting with her various small quilting groups, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a recipient of the Brute Award.

Surviving are her husband, Bob Scherle of Dubois; three children, Audrey (Ryan) Case, Adam Scherle, Alyssa (Kleet) Kluesner, all of Dubois; six grandchildren, Rolen, Camden, Kinley, and Callan Case, and Levi and Brogan Kluesner; her mother, Mary Catherine Mehringer of Jasper; three sisters, Diane (Charlie) Verkamp of Schnellville, Martha (Kevin) Keusch of Ireland, Ind. and Tricia (Dan) Mehringer of Jasper; three brothers, Stan (Mary Jane) Mehringer of Teague, Texas, Glen (Marcia) Mehringer of Jasper and Mark Mehringer of Jasper.

Preceding her in death are her father, Claude Mehringer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Donna R. Scherle will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Charlotte Sue Egler, 45, of Camby, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, with family by her side.

She was born July 7, 1972, in Huntingburg, to Francis and Vanita Jane (Wallis) Egler. She married Dawn (Drew) Egler on April 17, 1999.

Charlotte grew up in Ferdinand and spent most of her life in Camby. Charlotte was a 1990 graduate of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand. She continued her education at Purdue University and in 1995, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Most recently, Charlotte was a sales rep for United Health Care in Indianapolis for about eight years. She was also a very passionate YCAT Yoga Instructor.

Charlotte was a member of Life Journey Church in Indianapolis; member of the Master Swim Team; participated and cycled with the Cure Chasers; participated in several Spartan Warrior Dashes, Go Girls and other triathlons. Charlotte was also an advocate for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was the top fundraiser in November of 2014.

Charlotte is survived by her spouse, Dawn (Drew) Egler of Camby; son, Drew Allen Egler of Camby; parents, Francis and Vanita Jane (Wallis) Egler of Ferdinand; siblings: Lisa (Derrell) Kellems of Indianapolis, Theresa Egler of Ferdinand, Mary Egler of Ferdinand and Eric Egler of Los Angeles, California; nieces and nephews, Katie, Craig and Christa Kellems,  Zach Boyer, Blake Egler, Grace Egler and several other nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial gathering from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Life Journey Church 2950 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis. Rev. Ampy and Pastor Jeff Miner will officiate the celebration of life memorial service at the church following the gathering at 6 p.m. Services are entrusted to Jones Family Mortuary, Mooresville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.



Charlotte A. Klem, 79, of Jasper, passed away at 6:45 p.m. CST on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

Charlotte was born in Jasper on March 31, 1938, to Lawrence and Lorena (Werner) Schneider.  She married Cornelius L Klem on October 5, 1957, in Holy Family Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 10, 2003.

Charlotte retired as an administrative assistant from Masterbrand Cabinets in Ferdinand. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and their Blessed Virgin Sodality. She served on the Holy Family Bereavement Committee, was a  sacristan and delivered communion to the homebound. She also volunteered at Brookside Village Retirement Community. She enjoyed doing cross stitch and candle wicking and spending time with family.

Surviving is one daughter, Jacquelyn Klem of Jasper; one grandson, Dylan Klem; one sister, Sharon Hopf (Arnie) of Ireland; three brothers, Tom L. Schneider (Carol) of Eckerty, Allen R. Schneider (Kathy) of Jasper and Don Schneider (Marsha) of Jasper; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death beside her husband and parents are two brothers, Ronald “Butch” Schneider and Robert Schneider.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charlotte A. Klem will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.  The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray the rosary at 8:45 a.m. at church.

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



Charles Allen Napier, 69, of Jasper, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded with the love of his family at 12:06 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at his home.

Charles Allen was born in Wayne, W.V., on March 4, 1948, to Henry and Juanita (Ferguson) Napier. He married his wife of 47 years Gail Schneider on March 13, 1971, in Walled Lake, Michigan.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Widefield in Security, Colo. He spent his life working with and selling cars, owning and operating several auto body repair shops and Riverside Motors in Jasper. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, singing and playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family.  His passion in life was to make people smile and laugh.  He never met a stranger and will be dearly missed.

Surviving is his wife, Gail Napier of Jasper; one daughter, Valerie Kippenbrock (Brad) of Jasper; two sons, Patrick Napier (Angela) of Indianapolis and David Napier (Karrie) of Loogootee; twelve grandchildren, Nicholas, Jonathon, Tyler, and Andrew Gagnon, Haley, Hunter, and Hadlie Kippenbrock, Quinn Charles Napier, Aden Esquivel, Maren Smith, Keaton Allen and Kieragen Napier; two sisters, Pauline Tate (Jim) of Lawrenceville, Ga. and Anita Smith (Gary), Wayne, W.V.; one brother, Sherman Napier (Barbara) of Genoa, W.V.; and many wonderful nieces and nephews, all of whom he dearly loved.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Donald and Randall Napier, and one sister, Henrietta Hoffman.

Funeral services for Charles Allen Napier will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Jasper.  Pastor John Duncan will officiate. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Jasper or a favorite charity.



Selma L. Neukam, 90, of Haysville, passed away at 9:59 p.m. on January 2, 2018, in The Timbers of Jasper.

Selma was born in Haysville, Ind., on April 27, 1927, to Edward and Eva (Baer) Breitwieser. She married Milfred Neukam on May 11, 1946, and he preceded her in death on February 22, 2006.

Selma was a homemaker and was a cook at the Knights of Columbus for many years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. She enjoyed cooking and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Cindy Neukam; four grandchildren, David (Shelley) Neukam of Haysville, Michael (Candace) Neukam of Dawson Springs, Ky., Phillip Neukam of Huntingburg and Alex Neukam of Ireland; seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Mildred (Harold) Hemmerlein of Haysville; one brother, Edwin Breitwieser of Haysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one son, Ron Neukam; one great-grandson, Kai Neukam; and two sisters, Helena Goller and Genevieve Seitz.

A service for Selma L. Neukam will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana with burial to follow in Emmanuel Hill Cemetery near Dubois.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, and one hour before services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran  Church, the Dubois County Humane Society, or a favorite charity.



Caroline Olivia Wagner, 94, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:23 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born July 16, 1923, in Ireland, Ind., to Joseph and Anna (Stenftenagel) Schmitt. She married Albert W. Wagner on February 19, 1944, in Ireland.

Caroline was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, St. Mary’s Quilters, and Dubois County Right to Life. She was a lifelong quilter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Wagner, who died June 8, 1987; two children, Mary Stuart and Christopher Wagner; seven siblings, Bertha Brames, Anthony, Othmer, Urban, Linus, Ralph, and Leo Schmitt; and granddaughter, Kim Sermersheim.

Caroline is survived by nine children, Rita (Larry) Sermersheim of Huntingburg, Bill (Mary) Wagner of Escondido, Calif., John (Linda) Wagner of San Diego, Calif., Dave (Mona) Wagner of Huntingburg, Susan (Dale) Polen of Huntingburg, Alice (Mike) Giesler of Velpen, Ralph (Polly) Wagner of Ferdinand, Dan (Pam) Wagner of Ireland, and Kenneth (Grace) Wagner of Dale; two siblings, Anna Mae Wagner of Jasper and Richard “Butch” (Betty) Schmitt of Ireland; by 25 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Caroline Wagner will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow in the church 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. on Friday, January 5. 2018. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Quilting Fund, or Dubois County Right to Life.


Robert L. Singer, 92, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at his residence.

He was born September 19, 1925, in Huntingburg to Gilmore Singer and Thelma (Nelson) Singer Gerlach. He married Norma Jean Ingle on January 11, 1948, in Huntingburg.

Bob was a former postmaster of the Huntingburg Post Office; a member of V.F.W. Post #2366 and Salem United Church of Christ. He served during World War II in the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Singer, who died February 28, 2000.

He is survived by one daughter, Cindy (Charlie) Fuhs of Huntingburg; his companion, Mary Rose Haas of Huntingburg; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert Singer will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.  Pastor Mark West will officiate; and the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be sent to Heart To Heart Hospice or V.F.W. Post #2366.


Laura A. Lauderdale, 91, of Huntingburg, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born October 31, 1926, in Duff, Indiana, to Herman and Amelia (Warnsman) Sunderman.

Laura worked for 20 years at Potter and Brumfield in Princeton; and 20 years at the Dubois County Farm Bureau Co-op in Huntingburg. Laura was a member of Salem United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lauderdale, who died July 30, 2004; son, James Lauderdale; brother, Arnold Sunderman; and sister, Wilmin Sunderman.

She is survived by three children, John (Rita) Lauderdale of Versailles, Ky., Janis A. (Randy) Hagemeyer of Huntingburg and Joan (Randall) Buckler of Winchester, Ky.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Pastor Mark West officiating.  Burial at Mayo Cemetery near Duff.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday the day of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem Church, Mayo Cemetery, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, V.F.W. Post #2366 or Shared Abundance.


Colleen J. Weigel, 84, of Huntingburg, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Newburgh Health Care Center in Newburgh.

She was born February 6, 1933, in Huntingburg to Earl and Margaret (Kemper) Frick. She married James W. Weigel on February 16, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Colleen was a homemaker and member of Salem United Church of Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Weigel, who died June 10, 2017; and one son, Bill Weigel.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Kent (Suzanne) Weigel of Newburgh and Rodney (Doris) Weigel of Huntingburg; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Weigel (Mark) Theising of Schnellville; by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Colleen Weigel will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 22, 2018, 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.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday the day of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem United Church of Christ’s music fund.


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Dr. Allen Dearing Scales, 89, of Huntingburg, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at The Waters nursing facility in Huntingburg.

Dr. Scales was born on September 3, 1928, in Oakland City and was the son of Dr. Alfred Blythe Scales and Mazo (Dearing) Scales.

During his life, Dr. Scales was fortunate to have loved and married two women; Judith (Grabert), whom he was married to from 1958 until her death in 1980, and Evelyn (Begle), whom he married in 1982.

Dr. Scales graduated from Oakland City High School and studied pre-medicine at Evansville College (now the University of Evansville). He obtained his undergraduate degree in medicine from the University of South Dakota and went on to receive his Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in 1954.

Soon after his graduation from the University of Illinois, he began his career as a naval officer and completed his internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

During his years in the Navy, he was stationed at the Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, Florida and was also the Air Group Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown. He was assigned to Patrol Squadron VP-22 based out of Barbers Point, Hawaii and deployed to Iwakuni, Japan.

Growing up, Dr. Scales had an attraction to flying and obtained his pilot’s license while he was in college. He was an FAA certified flight surgeon and provided flight physicals for countless pilots during his medical career. His love of flying continued his entire life; one of his most difficult decisions was when he voluntarily gave up flying at the age of 70 and sold his treasured Piper Twin Comanche (N7392Y).

Upon completion of his naval duties, he moved to Huntingburg and joined his father’s medical practice in 1958. Shortly after joining with his father, they spearheaded the construction of the Huntingburg Clinic and Pharmacy which was completed in the early sixties.  In 1972, he was accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and he received his board certification and membership into the American Board of Family Physicians in 1978. He continued to practice medicine in Huntingburg until he relocated to Florida in 1981 following the death of his first wife. Once in Florida, he immediately opened a medical practice near Rockledge, Florida and continued to practice medicine until his retirement as Medical Director of the Indian River Colony Club Outpatient Clinic in 2001.

Dr. Scales is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Huntingburg; his daughter, Kimberly Kilinski (Larry) of Newburgh, Ind.; his son, Scott (Leesa) of Evansville; his stepson, Jeff Egler (Wanda) of Oklahoma City; his stepdaughter, June Garrison of Huntingburg and stepdaughter, Jayne Egler (Darrell) of Rockledge, Fa. Dr. Scales had nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy (1980), his father, A.B. (1976), his mother, Mazo (1992) and his brother, Charles (2004).

Memorial services for Dr. Scales will be held at 5:00 p.m.EST Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail at the funeral home.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday the day of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to The Dubois County Humane Society or The Waters of Huntingburg activity fund.


Rosina M. Friedman, 92, of Jasper, passed away at 10:57 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Rosina was born in Jasper on October 24, 1925, to John and Ida (Brinkman) Obermeier.

She worked for Huntingburg Wood Products for several years. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed needlework.

She is survived by one daughter, Pauline “Penny” Wood of Huntingburg; two sons, Jerome “Jerry” (Sandy) Staats of Sanford, Fla. and Kenneth (Pansy) Friedman of Dale; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alberta Obermeier of Jasper.

Preceding her in death were one son Kevin Friedman; one daughter, Karen Friedman, who died in infancy; one sister, Esther Seng; and two brothers, Jerome and Albert Obermeier.

Funeral services for Rosina M. Friedman will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, Indiana.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel on Friday.

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


Sandra S. Sendelweck, 71, of Huntingburg, passed away at 7:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Sandra was born in New York City, NY, on October 14, 1946 to Orval Jr. and Ida (Barasoin) Roach.  She married Robert L. Sendelweck on June 27, 1964, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

She retired from 3M Corporation in Indianapolis after 18 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville and previously attended Living Christ Lutheran Church in Plainfield. She enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, cooking, and babysitting her grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Sendelweck of Huntingburg; three daughters, Shelly Schmitt (Myron) of Ireland, Ind., Cheryl Lampert (Doug) of Jasper and Angela Pfister (Dr. Greg) of Ireland, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Erica Verkamp, Tyler Lampert, Natalie and Nathan Schmitt, Cameron, Nolan, and Jayden Pfister; one great-grandchild, Blakely Verkamp; three sisters, Joan Kalb of Ireland, Christina Heshelman (Kenny) of Loogootee and Lori Letterman of Tennessee; five brothers, Steven Roach (Debbie) of Huntingburg, Danny Roach of Alfordsville, Michael Roach (Connie) of Arkansas, Mark Roach (Martha) of Loogootee and Brad Roach (Dawn) of Bicknell.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Funeral services for Sandra S. Sendelweck will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, IN, with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, and from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service time at the church on Saturday.

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


Dennis A. Schaeffer, 79, of Ferdinand, passed away, Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Dennis was born February 15, 1938, in Ferdinand to Albert and Elizabeth (Krampe) Schaeffer. He married Louise E. Burger on November 22, 1962, in Jasper.

Dennis was a retired owner of Key Associates Realty and Auction Company. He was a former school bus driver and an appraiser. Dennis was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and served on its parish council. He was a former township advisor for Cass Township. Dennis also served on the 4H Council and was a member of St. Henry Community Club. He served on the St. Henry Quasquicentennial Committee. Dennis was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, where he was a former commander. He belonged to Huntingburg VFW #2366 and Huntingburg Eagles #0758. He was a passionate card player, especially euchre and sheepshead.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Louise “Lou” Schaeffer; one son, Nick (Cassie) Schaeffer of St. Henry; two daughters, Shelly (Ed) Boeglin of Huntingburg and Melissa (Kevin) Mehringer of Jasper; three sisters, Anna Mae Pund, Rita (Jim) Oser and Alberta Oeding all of Ferdinand; seven grandchildren.

Dennis was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Schaeffer.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Henry Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church Cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will provide military graveside rights. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church and again on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Church or St. Henry Fire Department.


Beatrice F. “Betty” Wahl, 89, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:47 a.m., on Friday, January 12, 2018, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born March 8, 1928, in St. Meinrad, Indiana to Harry and Olivia (Bumm) Ruhe.

She worked as a cook at the Fiesta Restaurant and then Core Nursing Center. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. Betty was a loveable woman who loved to cook.

She was preceded in death by three children, Donnie Wahl, Walter “Junior” Wahl, Jr. and Martha Wahl; and one grandson, Justin Uebelhor.

Betty is survived by four children, Clara (John) Carter of Tell City, Brian Wahl of Huntingburg, Rosie Wahl of Huntingburg and Angie (Scott) Uebelhor of Ferdinand; and by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Beatrice Wahl will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 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 Wednesday, January 17, 2018. A parish rosary prayer vigil, led by Deacon Tom Holsworth will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


Donald Ray Cooper, 63, of Ferdinand, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Donald was born January 28, 1954, in Huntingburg to Delbert and Trancy (Taylor) Cooper.

Donald was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers 181. He enjoyed boating and being with family.

Donald is survived by a son, Brad Cooper of Ferdinand; a daughter, Alison Cooper of Hilliard, Ohio; one sister, Mary (Don) Schneider of Evansville. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Trancy; one brother, Jerry Cooper; two sisters, Betty Wagner and Joan Wirthwein.

A memorial service will be held at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m.


Harold P. Durcholz, 89, of Ferdinand, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Harold was born August 26, 1928, in Jasper to Lawrence Sr. and Hilda (Oeding) Durcholz. He married Virlee Kippenbrock on July 4, 1953, in St. Ferdinand Church.

Harold retired from Jofco after 45 years of service. He was a Korean War veteran and a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and the Ferdinand VFW. Herald was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand. He enjoyed gardening, IU basketball and NASCAR Racing.

Harold is survived by his wife, Virlee; one son, Allen Durcholz of Louisville, three daughters, Mary (William) Dauby of Ferdinand, Jayne (Gary) Stewart of Dalton City, Ill., Dianne (Edward) Lee of Washington D.C.; seven grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Stewart, Laurel, Shaina and Ross Dauby, Brian Sullivan, Aiden Lee; three great-grandchildren, Briana Sullivan, Ellie and Dawn Stewart.

Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Lynne; two brothers, Larry and Robert Durcholz.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct Military Graveside Rights. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.



Robert H.L. “Bob” Huddleston, 95, of Holland, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born August 17, 1922, in Henry County, Indiana to Clyde and Edith (Warton) Huddleston.

Bob worked as a railroad agent for Norfolk & Western Railway where he retired. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, V.F.W. Post #2366 and the Holland American Legion. He was a ham radio operator/enthusiast.

Bob married Emily June Shiflett on February 18, 1948, in Waterloo, Ill. She passed away in 1978. He subsequently married Lottie Grace Hilderbrand on November 16, 1987, in Muncie, Ind. She passed away in 2009.

Bob was also preceded in death by five siblings, Peggy Crawford, Tom, Clyde Jr., Gale and Dale Huddleston.

He is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Roberta (David) Meyer of Holland and Carol (Gary) Meyerholtz of Huntingburg; one son, Tom Huddleston of Holland; by seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

In Huntingburg, friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Nass & Son Chapel in Huntingburg with Pastor David Darling officiating.

In Dublin, Indiana, friends may call for visitation at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Zion’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing, Indiana where a memorial detail will conduct military graveside rites.



Janice “Jan” Mehne, 70, of Portersville, Indiana, passed away at 9:51 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital at Evansville, Indiana.

She was born on March 9, 1947, at Jasper, Indiana to Mathew and Helen (Wehr) Eckert. She married Gene Mehne on January 2, 1993, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana.

Jan was a sales representative and tech support for Cook Urological in Chicago and retired from Sten’s Corporation in Jasper. Previous to that she was a registered X-ray technician for over 18 years for Welborn Baptist Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School and a graduate of St. John Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri for X-ray technology. Jan was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, served as a Stephen Minister, and volunteered for many years delivering community meals on Thanksgiving Day. She was a member of St. Anne Society.  Jan did volunteer work for Crisis Connection and was a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

Surviving are her husband, Gene Mehne; mother, Helen Eckert of Jasper; brother, Charles (Gail) Eckert of Jasper; four sisters, Phyllis (Kenneth) Oeding of Ferdinand, Carol (Mike) Toy of Dale, Gloria (Charles) Bueltel of Jasper and Linda (Frank) Goeppner of Jasper; 15 nieces and nephews and 33 great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her father, Mathew Eckert, and brother, Edward J. Eckert.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday by the St. Anne Society at the funeral home.



Philip E. Buecher, 90, of Jasper, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at home.

Phil was born in Jasper on October 30, 1927 to Earle and Ruth (Gasser) Buecher. He married Gloria  I. Sermersheim on August 7, 1948, at the Lady of the Springs Church in French Lick, Indiana.

He graduated from Jasper High School, where he received the distinguished graduate award. He attended Culver Military School. He was active in scouting and graduated from Indiana University with a business administration degree. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and the president of the Dubois County I.U. Alumni Association.

He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in World War II, and was awarded the honor man of his boot camp company. He was a member of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper, IN.

He was a long time member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper.

He retired as a furniture manufacturers’ representative of Paoli Chair and also represented Jasper Desk as well as the company he founded, Glowin Company. He owned and managed the Stewart Hotel for 35 years, which is still owned and operated as office rental.  He was the postmaster of the Jasper Post Office and served as the president of the Southwest National League of Postmasters.

Phil served on the Jasper School Board for 35 years, 29 as the president. He presided during the consolidation of the Greater Jasper School Corporation and served as state officer and director. In 1994 he received the Outstanding Boardsmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. He served as a state director on the Indiana School Board Association for 9 years.

He was a member of the Jasper Park Board during the construction of the golf course, the establishment of the first Park and Recreation Director and served on the Jasper Plan Commission. He was a charter member and officer of the Lions Club, vice president of the Jasper Jaycees, and a member of the Deutscherverein (German Club).  He received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor O’Bannon, served on the County Election Board, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Jasper Rifle Club.

Phil and his wife Gloria have actively supported Memorial Hospital in many ways over the years. Phil dedicated himself to many years of community service, motivated not by self-interest but by a sense of duty to the people of Dubois County.

He enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, tennis, dancing, reading, and playing cards.

Surviving is his wife, Gloria I. Buecher of Jasper; two daughters, Sheila L. Buecher of Louisville and Jayme McComas (Rod) of Carmel; two grandchildren, Adam Edwards and Leslie Hanna; two great-grandchildren, Donovan Edwards and Theo Hanna.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Funeral Services for Philip Buecher will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper, IN, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, Indiana.   The American Legion Post #147 will perform military graveside rites.  Rev. Jane Hillman will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN, and from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at church on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Dubois Community Foundation – Philip and Gloria Buecher Endowment, or a favorite charity.



Billie Ray Rice, 88, of Richland, passed away on January 8, 2018.

Billie was born on April 12, 1929, in Huntingburg, to Ray and Carrie (Phillips) Rice.

Billie was a carpenter with the Indiana Carpenter’s Local, a Korean War veteran, a member of Bethel Christian Center and the American Legion in Holland. He enjoyed building furniture, quail hunting and gardening. He was also a church greeter and worked with the Cookin’ for Jesus Ministry.

Billie is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce (Daugherty) Rice; and sisters Betty Doan and Emma Lou Davis.

Jerry is survived by his daughters, Roxie Sullivan of Richland, Patty Niswonger and her husband, Jerry, of Madisonville, Kentucky, Gina Lueken and her husband, Gene, of Dale, and Vicki Abell of Henderson, Kentucky; brothers, Don Rice, Ernie Rice, Tony Rice, Mike Rice; sister, Bobbie Jones; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Bethel Christian Center in Reo, with Pastors Walter Phillips and Mark Phillips officiating. Burial will be at Garrison Chapel Cemetery in Heilman.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.



Mildred K. Hemmerlein, 83, of Haysville, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at The Timbers of Jasper.

She was born at Dubois, Indiana, on August 2, 1934, to Edward and Eva (Baer) Breitwieser. She married Harold T. Hemmerlein June 10, 1958, at the Emmanuel Hill Church at Dubois, Indiana.

Mildred was a homemaker and was the secretary at Christ Lutheran Church and caretaker for Community Cemetery in Haysville for many years. Mildred is a member Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville and the Haysville Ruritan Club.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Hemmerlein; daughter, Stephanie (Jeremy) Breeden of Haysville; two grandchildren, Katherine and Joshua Breeden; one brother, Edwin L. Breitwieser of Dubois.

Preceding her in death are sisters, Helena Goller, Genevieve Seitz, Selma Neukam and Mary Lou Breitweiser who died in infancy as well as one brother, Raymond Breitwieser who died in infancy.

Funeral services for Mildred Hemmerlein will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church with burial to follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville. The Pastor Rev. Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or to the Emmanuel Hill Church.



Keri Lynn Smith, 49, of Loogootee, formerly of Anderson, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her home.

She was born October 22, 1968, in Anderson, to Joe Manis and the late Bettie Lou Manis.

Keri enjoyed her grandchildren and spending time with them.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Lou Manis.

Keri is survived by her husband, Chuck Smith of Loogootee; children, Kyle Ringham of Bargersville and Kelsi (Tony) Huston of Anderson; grandchildren, Braylee and Aaliyha Huston; parents, Joe and Sandy Manis; siblings, Ben and Brett Manis and Geri Manis and many nieces and nephews.

Keri will be cremated at a memorial will be held in Anderson, Indiana at a later date.



Donald L. Mathies, 81, of Huntingburg, went to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born September 9, 1936, in Huntingburg to Albert and Jessie (Wilkey) Mathies.

Donald was employed as a truck driver and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He will be missed by his six children, Tina F. Guerrero of North Carolina, Darrell L. Mathies of Tennessee, Lisa A. Mathies of Ohio, Kevin J. Mathies of Huntingburg, Tammy L. Mathies of Jasper and Robert C. Mathies of Huntingburg; by nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to your local Veterans Services Organization in honor of Donald’s service in the United States Air Force.



Rose Lee Marie Denk, 90, of Jasper, passed away at 3:01 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Rose Lee was born in Louisville, Ky., on December 30, 1927, to Albert and Clara (Buechler) Block. She married Eugene Denk on October 12, 1946, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2008.

She retired from the cafeteria at Jasper High School, where she worked until she was 85. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing at the VFW, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Lou McKinney (David) of Francisco, Ind., Barb Trambaugh (Tony) and Theresa Gehlhausen (Mark), both of Jasper; three sons, Mike Denk (Marla) of Portersville, Greg Denk (Kathy) of Greenwood, Ind., and Rick Denk (Diane) of Jasper; 18 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death beside her husband was one sister, Mary Virginia “Ginny” Jones, and two brothers, Cyril and James Block.

A Mass of Christian burial for Rose Lee Marie Denk will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel Home in Jasper.

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



Patricia Ruth Seckinger, 89, of Saint Meinrad, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018, at her home.

Patricia was born February 1, 1928, in Huntingburg to Clem & Viola (Woerter) Messmer. She was united in marriage to John V. Seckinger on January 21, 1947, in Huntingburg. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2004.

Patricia was a member of Saint Meinrad Parish and its St. Elizabeth Society & Ladies Sodality, St. Meinrad Legion # 366 Auxillary, Twin Lakes Home Economics Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, and St. Meinrad Senior Citizens. Patricia was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Tretter (Alvin) of Newburgh; two sons, Mike (Sandy) Seckinger of St. Meinrad and Bob (Kathy) Seckinger of Fulda; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard (Sharon) Messmer of Jasper.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lee Ray Seckinger; daughter, Ruth Ann Seckinger; granddaughter, Theresa Seckinger; great-grandson, Luke Tretter; two brothers, Paul and Steve Messmer; and a sister, Suzann Schiewer.

Funeral services for Patricia Ruth Seckinger will be held at 10:00 a.m. CDT Friday, February 2, 2018, in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. CDT Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 9 a.m. CDT Friday at the church.



Ardella M. Daunhauer, 90, of Ferdinand, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

She was born January 31, 1927, in Jasper to Hugo and Sarah (Knust) Sander. Ardella married Jerome S. Daunhauer on August 12, 1947, at St. Joseph Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1968.

Ardella was retired from the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Annes Sodality. She was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary Post 124.

Ardella is survived by a son, Charles (Sara) Daunhauer of Newburg; a daughter, Brenda Werne of Ferdinand; a brother, David (Marsha) Sander of Indianapolis; a sister, Margaret (Tom) Goldsby of Indianapolis; a step-brother, Jerry Schuster; three step-sisters, Mary Butler, Margie Cahill and Betty McPherson; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Ardella was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda Werne and Marlene Kress; one grandchild; a brother, Richard Sander and her step-mother, Helen Schuster.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand.



Eric C. Schaber, 65, of Huntingburg, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Vincennes.

Eric was born in Hazelton, Penn., on August 5, 1952 to Dr. William  G. and Eileen Z. (Seitz) Schaber.

He graduated from Dubois High School Class of 1970. Eric was a union carpenter who worked in Indiana and Illinois and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 90. He enjoyed taking pictures, drawing, writing, cooking, and gardening.

He is survived by three daughters, Robin Schaber (Michael Rogan) of Evansville, Jill Teamann (Chris) of Sumner, Texas and Alison Singer Walker (David) of Annapolis, Md.; two sons, Eric Schaber II (Tonya Kendrick Powers) of Newburgh and Jay Schaber of Indianapolis; three grandchildren; three sisters, Janet Smith (Tom) of Indianapolis, Dorothy Stanfill of Terre Haute and Elaine Hill (David) of Evansville; three brothers, Carl Schaber (Melissa) of Huntingburg, William Schaber of West Baden and Robert Schaber (Ida) of Cuzco.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Funeral services for Eric Schaber will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Haysville. Pastor Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the noon service time at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.



Marta Kloeck, 82, of Ferdinand, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at her home in Ferdinand.

Marta was born April 15, 1935, in Heilbronn, Germany, to Karl and Anna Maria (Wallenmaier) Hotzele. She was united in marriage to Francis Michael Kloeck on June 6, 1961, in Heilbronn, Germany. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1988.

Marta retired as a custodian at Forest Park High School and was a caregiver in home health. She enjoyed yard work, gardening (especially roses), cooking, quilting and knitting.

Surviving are three sons, Raymond (Cindy) Kloeck and Ralf Kloeck, both of Ferdinand, and Michael (Martha) Kloeck of Evansville; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Nathan, Mark and Samantha Kloeck and Lisa Keeran; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ella Ray.

She was preceded in death by one son, Bill Kloeck.

Funeral services for Marta Kloeck will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Father Jack Durcholz will officiate.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.



St. Meinrad—Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, died at 12:20 a.m. on January 25, 2018, in the monastery infirmary.

He is survived by his brother, Charles of Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

He was born in Jasper on April 20, 1938, to Carl and Rose (Blessinger) Buechlein and given the name Marcus George.

He joined the monastery on August 14, 1958, and professed his simple vows on August 15, 1959, taking the name Daniel. He made his solemn vows on August 15, 1962. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Paul Schulte on May 3, 1964, and celebrated his first Mass on May 24 at Holy Family Parish, Jasper.

After his ordination, Fr. Daniel spent two years in Rome, where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a specialization in the liturgy at the International Benedictine University of Sant’ Anselmo.

Returning to Saint Meinrad in 1966, he served as assistant dean of students and chairman of the Division of Religion at Saint Meinrad College. In 1971 he was director of the first national conference for seminary spiritual directors and coordinated the founding of the Midwest Association of Seminary Spiritual Directors.

That same year, he began 16 years of service as president-rector of Saint Meinrad School of Theology, the last five of which he also served as president-rector of the college. In addition to serving many elected terms on the Archabbot’s Council during this time, he taught courses on priestly ministry and spirituality.

On January 20, 1987, Pope St. John Paul II announced the appointment of Fr. Daniel as the third bishop of the Diocese of Memphis, Tenn. His ordination and installation took place on March 2, 1987.

On July 13, 1992, Pope St. John Paul announced that Bishop Daniel would succeed the Most Rev. Edward T. O’Meara, who had died that January, as the 11th bishop and fifth archbishop of Indianapolis. On September 9, he was installed as archbishop in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. He was invested with the pallium by the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on June 29, 1993.

During his 19 years as shepherd of Indianapolis, Archbishop Daniel worked to strengthen the archdiocese’s pastoral, spiritual and financial health. He was especially interested in promoting Catholic education, young adult ministry, and vocations to priesthood and the religious life.

Under his leadership, enrollment in the archdiocese’s Catholic schools increased 30 percent to more than 25,000 students, reversing a 25-year decline. Innovative partnerships with Lilly Endowment Inc., campaigns to help fund new education initiatives, and the support of the business community led to improved student performance, which the U.S. Department of Education recognized by awarding 26 archdiocesan schools with Blue Ribbon awards for excellence.

Archbishop Daniel garnered support to keep Catholic schools in the Indianapolis center-city open to serve students from low-income families and the growing immigrant population. He also led the effort to build two new grade schools in the center-city. Archbishop Daniel expanded the archdiocese’s ministry to young adults by starting a Theology on Tap program, adding new college campus ministry programs, and creating new archdiocesan staff positions to provide outreach to young adults.

In 2003, Archbishop Daniel established the ministry of permanent diaconate in the archdiocese. The first class of 25 deacons was ordained in 2008, and the ministry continues to flourish.

Archbishop Daniel founded the Bishop Simon BrutÚ College Seminary in Indianapolis in 2004, to prepare college seminarians for major seminary. The seminary quickly attracted young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood and today has nearly 50 seminarians from 10 dioceses.

Archbishop Daniel also expanded the services of Catholic Charities and social outreach ministries of the archdiocese. The archdiocese in 2009 opened a 30,000-square-foot shelter for homeless families, the Holy Family Shelter, located on the west side of Indianapolis.

The financial health of the archdiocese also improved under Archbishop Daniel’s management. During his tenure, the archdiocese raised $300 million through the annual stewardship appeal and separate capital campaigns to pay for building projects and ministry needs throughout the archdiocese.

After a series of significant budget deficits, Archbishop Daniel guided the archdiocese back to firm financial footing and break-even budgets. He also oversaw the dramatic growth of the Catholic Community Foundation, which oversees the archdiocese’s endowments. During his tenure, 337 endowment funds with a value of more than $100 million were established.

He suffered a mild stroke on March 18, 2011, and was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. On August 1 he sent a letter to the Holy Father asking, for reasons of health, to resign from his responsibilities as archbishop and to return to Saint Meinrad. Pope Benedict XVI granted his request, and the Archbishop took up residence in the monastery infirmary in October.

He continued his office of teaching as his health permitted, publishing in 2013 the book, Surprised by Grace: Memories and Reflections After 25 Years of Episcopal Ministry.

The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis. Visitation will be at the cathedral Tuesday, January 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral. (These times are Eastern Time.)

Following the funeral, the body will be transferred to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, where the Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the Archabbey Church. Visitation will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 1. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Mass will be celebrated, followed by burial in the Archabbey Cemetery. (These times are Central Time.)



Charles William Peters, 78, of Santa Claus, Indiana, formerly of Fairfield, Illinois, passed away at 6:37 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Transcendent Healthcare of Boonville with family by his side.

He was born July 14, 1939, in Mill Shoals, Ill., to Simon Charles and Emma (Hucker) Peter. He married Judith Ann Seng on June 27, 1959, at the First Christian Church in McLeansboro, Ill.

He was owner and operator of Charles W. Peters & Sons Trucking, was a founding co-owner of Family Roots Nursery, and was employed for 22 years at North American Lighting as a Class A tool and die maker. Charles was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Huntingburg and a 50-plus year member of both the Ainad Temple Shrine in East St. Louis and the Anthony Daughtry Masonic Lodge #1111 in Cisne, Illinois. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren; gardening; and being outdoors.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Paul Peters; and one sister, Valeda Gebauer.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Peters of Santa Claus; three children, Bryan (Wanda) Peters of Fairfield, Ill., Julie O’Connor of Murphysboro, Ill. and Aaron (Andrea) Peters of Holland; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Peters of Corydon; two brothers, Laverne “Pete” (Judy) Peters of Dahlgren, Ill. and James “Jim” (Sharon) Peters of Longmont, Colo.; and four grandchildren, John Michael Peters, Elizabeth Peters, Bryce Peters and Emma Peters.

Funeral services for Charles William Peters will be held at 4:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. CST) Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the First Christian Church in McLeansboro, Ill. with burial to follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro, Ill. Brother Carroll Kakac and Rev. Robert “Bud” Sefried will officiate.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST (1:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST) on Saturday, January 27; and also at the First Christian Church in McLeansboro from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST (noon to 3:00 p.m. CST) on Sunday.

The Dubois County Masonic Lodge #520 F&AM will conduct a masonic vigil service at 7:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. CST) on Saturday, at the funeral home. A Shrine walkthrough will take place during the vigil service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Louis or to the Spero Family Services Murphysboro Youth Home.



Frank A. Kimmel, 61, of Huntingburg, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born October 23, 1956, in Evansville, Indiana to Vernon and Freida Gloria (Phelps) Kimmel. He married Judith A. Trusty on August 26, 1979, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Frank was employed at Styline Corporation and retired from Jasper Engines and Transmissions where he worked for 32 years. He was a member of the Jasper American Legion and Foster’s Ridge Christian Church in Uniontown. Frank served in the Army National Guard for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jake Kimmel; and one sister, Becky Kimmel.

He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Kimmel of Huntingburg; one daughter, Rachel Kimmel of Huntingburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew (Kelsie) Kimmel of Washington; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Gerald “Jerry”) Boehman of Jasper; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, George (Dorothy) Kimmel of Cuzco and David (Joyce) Kimmel of Holland; and three grandchildren, Aiden Stahl of Huntingburg, Kayl Kimmel of Washington and Callan Underwood of Washington.

Funeral services for Frank A. Kimmel will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Brian Martin will officiate at the service. The Jasper American Legion Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside services.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th.



Norma C. Truelove, 81, of Jasper, passed away at 5:15 a.m. CST on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana.

Norma was born in Huntingburg on June 5, 1936, to Anselim and Emma (Reckelhoff) Heitz. She married Jackie D. Truelove on June 30, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and had the last reception at the Schnitzelbank in Jasper.

Norma retired from the Dubois County Rural Electric Cooperative after 40 years of service. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling, her cats, watching birds, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband, Jackie D. Truelove of Jasper; one daughter, Lynn Judy (Randy), Jasper; one son, Michael Truelove (Lena) of Huntingburg; four granddaughters, Natasha Edmondson, Dana Judy, Verna Dillon and Jessica Dillon; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Xavier and Cora Mae Edmonson; one sister, Mary Lou Blessinger of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death was one sister, Sally Heitz, and one brother, Robert Heitz.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Norma C. Truelove will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Huntingburg.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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



Billy J. Moesner, 79, of Huntingburg, passed away at 4:43 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

He was born January 12, 1939, in Selvin to Edward and Marylee (Wright) Moesner. He married Lois A. Batch on August 1, 1959, at the Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg.

Billy was a skilled cabinet maker for Kimball and a retired captain with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department where he served the community for 46 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, handgun shooting, watching his grandchildren play sports, and woodworking with his wife Lois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois A. Moesner, who died September 24, 2016; one brother, Norman Moesner; and one sister, Carolyn Ingram.

Mr. Moesner is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jay (Linda) Moesner of Holland; two sisters, Joyce Wilder of Selvin and LaDonna Mitchum of Albany, Ga.; two grandchildren, Zachary D. (Justine) Moesner of Holland and Cody M. Moesner of Holland; and three great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Evelyn and Eleanor.

Funeral services for Billy J. Moesner will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Central Christian Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Paul Newland will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24th and also at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday. The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association District #18 and the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Christian Church or the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.



Hattie Bernice (Wiseman) Pinnell, 91, of New Albany, formerly of Birdseye, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital in New Albany.

She was born May 9, 1926, in Birdseye to William Lonzo and Georgia Pauline (Snyder) Kendall.

Hattie worked at Styline Corporation for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Wiseman in 1989; her second husband, James Pinnell; four children, Avis Pollard, Scott, Lorraine and Kevin Wiseman; and four siblings, Robert and James Kendall, Vivian Stout, Patsy Wright.

Hattie is survived by six children, Shirley Stroud of Jeffersonville, Jerry Wiseman of Tell City, Sharon Volz of Tennessee, James Wiseman of Birdseye, Mike Wiseman of Florida, Randall Wiseman of Birdseye; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Hattie (Wiseman) Pinnell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye. Rev. Albert Madden will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wednesday, the day of the service.



Barbara Zahn, 78, of Jasper, passed away at 5:38 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at The Timbers of Jasper.

Barbara was born in Louisville, Ky., on January 28, 1939, to Richard and Mary Ellen (Hurt) Miller. She was married to James J. Zahn who preceded her in death.

Barbara worked as a statistics clerk for the United States Census Bureau for 20 years. She enjoyed reading Grace Livingston Hill books.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Catherine Hall of Sellersburg and Joyce (John) Truba of Vevay, Ind.; two sons, John D. Truelove of Loogootee and Thomas A. Truelove of Shoals; three grandchildren, Corbin, Noah and Jessica Truelove.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, are two brothers, Robert E. and James A. Truelove.

Private services for Barbara Zahn were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper, Indiana.



Cathy Riehle, 74, of Newburgh, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018, at her home.

She was born April 15, 1943, in Huntingburg to John F. and Mary (Trzeciak) Gramelspacher.

Cathy graduated from Jasper High School, then went on the join the United States Marine Corps to serve for three years.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she was active in the parish bookkeeping, Girl Scout leader, Baby Bootie group member, Prayer Shaw Ministry and Food Pantry helper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, John J. Gramelspacher, Carmalita Elmer, Rose Gerhard, Alice Kilpatrick, Frank Gramelspacher and Dave Gramelspacher.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gene Riehle; children, Tina Wilkinson of Newburgh, Cindy Riehle of Evansville, Joy (Liam) Miller of Willow, Alaska; grandchildren, Shelby Wilkinson, Ethan Miller, Avery Miller; and sister, May (Bud) Kleeman of Jasper.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 625 Frame Rd., Newburgh.  Entombment will follow in St. John the Baptist Mausoleum with Full Military Rites conducted by the United States Marine Corp.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. CST, with a Military Service and Rosary to begin at 7:30 p.m. CST, Monday at Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, 812-853-8314. Additional visitation will be 9 a.m. CST until Mass time Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital.



Charles E. Knust, 78, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Charlie was born in Jasper on March 15, 1939, to Louis and Leona (Schmitt) Knust. He married Gladys (Schitter) Lechner on May 22, 1962, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

He worked as a car salesman for Sternberg’s in Jasper. Throughout his life, he and his wife owned and operated the Sunset Tavern, Sunset Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and the Pizza Shack. He also worked in land and neighborhood development, buying and selling land and homes.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper K of C, Jasper Moose, Jasper Outdoor REC, Kiwanis Club, and the Jasper German Club.

Charlie enjoyed playing cards, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys Knust of Jasper; two daughters, Donna (David) Byer of Louisville and Stacy Bromm and companion Bryon Schneider of Jasper; one son, Perry (Carolyn) Knust of Apex, N.C.; two grandchildren, Dara Byers and Jenna Bromm, three great-grandchildren, Jakub, Jadelynn and Jaxon; one brother, Earl (Shirley) Knust of Jasper.

Preceding him in death besides his parents, are two sisters, Dorothy Fehribach, and one that died in infancy,  and one brother, Robert Knust.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles E. Knust will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.  Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The Jasper Moose will conduct a ritual at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home as well.

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



Kent G. Greulich, 76, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018, at his home in Huntingburg.

He was born January 18, 1942, in Spencer County, Indiana to Alois “Boo” and Cornelia (Englert) Greulich. He married Hazel L. Stephens on September 1, 1962, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tell City.

Kent retired from Winkler’s after 31 years. He loved to sing, listen to Elvis music and loved his dog, Bella.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, who passed away on November 28, 2012; brothers, twin, Keith Greulich and Ronald Greulich.

He is survived by two sons, Gary (Mary Ellen) Greulich of Taswell and Stacey Greulich of French Lick; two daughters, Denise (Oscar) Castaneda of Huntingburg and Meredith (Chris) Tucker of French Lick; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren with one on the way.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate the mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018.  A parish rosary will be held by Jeannie Huff at 6:00 p.m.